The successful follow-up of gravitational wave sources would open up a new era of multi-messenger astronomy. I will discuss some techniques to facilitate the electromagnetic follow-up of gravitational wave events. In the first few years of Advanced LIGO operation the typical source sky error box will be a few hundred square degrees. Given limited telescope resources, the best strategy for follow-up will consist of neither full coverage of the error box nor follow-up of each and every event. I use the analytic distribution of expected gravitational-wave signal-to-noise ratios and a very accurate rapid sky localization algorithm to develop a strategy which optimizes the follow-up process. This optimal strategy can be tailored to a range of Electromagnetic facilities with varying capabilities.
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