For all its trivial pleasures, it can be easy to forget just how powerful social media can be when it comes to communicating what really matters. On Facebook over the last 24 hours, thousands of users on the East Coast and around the country have been reaching out to friends and loved ones with expressions of both gratitude and suffering; fear and relief in the wake of devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy. Facebook's journalism liaison Vadim Lavrusik has compiled a list of the Top 10 words and phrases shared over that period and provided it to Mashable. You can find that, surprisingly touching, list in full below.

1. we are ok
2. power – lost power, have power, no power
3. damage
4. hope everyone is ok
5. trees
6. made it
7. safe
8. thankful
9. fine
10. affected

[via Mashable]