Today a newspaper in the U.K., the Chester Chronicle, contains an interesting article "Family Demand Answers as Investigation into Chester Disney Cruise Ship Worker Continues." Although the article is a bit of a rehash of events since last week about the disappearance of youth counselor Rebecca Coriam from Disney Cruise Line's Wonder cruise ship, the newspaper reports that:
" ... cousin Kerry Gaffney has been using the social networking website Twitter in a desperate bid for information on Rebecca’s whereabouts. Her post read: 'My cousin, Rebecca Coriam, is missing and Disney is not as helpful as it makes out. Please help put the pressure on them.' Another post said the family are getting conflicting reports about what was seen and what went on."
Kerry Gaffney's witter name is @kerrymg and the tweet asked those on Twitter to "RT" (re-tweet) her message.
Social media sites like Twitter and Facebook are useful tools to obtain information from the public about mysteries on the high seas. Cruise lines maintain exclusive control of the scene of disappearances, and access to witnesses and evidence on cruise ships. When the Disney Wonder returned to port in Los Angeles last Sunday, over 1,700 passengers scattered across the U.S., Canada and other countries without being interviewed by anyone. This is fine with the cruise lines, who want this public spectacle to end sooner than later irrespective of whether the family finds answers to this latest mystery.
So how can you appeal to potential witnesses scattered around the country? One way is Twitter.
Disney's Twitter page for its cruise line is @DisneyCruise. It has 26,000 followers.
Twitter, Facebook, websites and blogs can help level the playing field with cruise lines and their we-just-want-the-media-to-go-away attitude. If you are reading this and have a Twitter page, send a message:
"What is @DisneyCruise doing to find information for the Coriam family about the #cruise disappearance of their daughter on the Wonder?"
Ask your followers to re-tweet your question.