The power went out at my house in Arizona a couple hours ago. Apparently a transformer exploded. I threw blankets on the fridge, grabbed my 'puter and drove to a Starbucks to continue working. Oh - I forgot to mention it's 110 degrees out. No AC in AZ in summer is pretty brutal.
Once I slid into Starbuck's 3rd place coolness, I pulled up SRP's website (the utility) looking for updates to this debacle. They posted smack-dab in the middle of the page a link to their Twitter account for updates. Albeit a tad sceptical, I pulled it up, followed them and have been graced with updates and cooing words of humility by SRP. As well as - and more interesting to me - messages from other customers reporting the power slowly coming back to various locations around the city (though not near my house yet).
Bravo to @SRPConnect for being there to respond to your customers. And for answering my inane questions. Not that you had much to share, being there you have allowed crowdsourcing to happen spontaneously as your customers report where the power is back. You may not have anticipated this when you got online, but it's effective and should be encouraged.
Anyone in a business wondering if it's worth being online during service disruption is nuts. This situation is proof positive that your customers are out there. Without an outlet they could say untrue things. Or worse, create their own versions of the story. SRP is a good example of being in the right place at the right time no matter how uncomfortable - and hot - it may be.
Since the launch of Google+ in June 2011, many people have been trying to figure out if it's right for them. After all, it's not a traditional social network (ala Facebook) but does seem to have features that could be helpful.
The power went out at my house in Arizona a couple hours ago. Apparently a transformer exploded. I threw blankets on the fridge, grabbed my 'puter and drove to a Starbucks to continue working. Oh - I forgot to mention it's 110 degrees out.
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