A great example of how new social media is playing an important role.
            In New Orleans, blogs become crucial decision-making tool



|Chicago Tribune reporter


NEW ORLEANS — The fearful weather reports about Hurricane Gustav
did not persuade Sheila Moragas to leave Old Jefferson, a suburb just
west of New Orleans. It was the 38-year-old mother's dwindling ranks of
online friends on the micro-blogging network Twitter.

One by one, Twitterers with nicknames like "HumidCity," "DomesticKitty" and "NOLADawn" pulled up stakes Sunday and left south Louisiana, live-blogging the building drama through text messages on their laptops, home computers and cell phones.

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