So this week i’m blogging a about Social Media being used during Natural Disasters plus the impact that it has on the community and whether or not I would use Social Media if I was in a natural disaster.
Sightseers on the Inner City Bypass inspecting the flooded Coronation Drive, Brisbane City/Milton – Flooding in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia January 11 2011 110112
PHOTO BY DAVID JACKMANSON
Taken on January 12, 2011
(License – CC Attribution 4.0 International – https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode)
I found a really cool article (http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-01-11/how-twitter-covered-the-queensland-floods/3767166) on the abc website which shows a breakdown of a project of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation which involved the Queensland Police Service media account ‘@QPSMedia’ coverage on Twitter of the 2011 Queensland Floods and the impact it had for users all around queensland.
More than 35,000 tweets using the #qldfloods tag were used between January 10 and January 16 2011. The most influential of these were the Queensland Police Services “#QPSmedia” which was always one step ahead of other media outlets giving what was said as ‘timely and relevant information to the public’. There is a whole report done on just the relevance of QPSmedia on twitter during the 2011 Queensland Floods – http://mappingonlinepublics.net/2012/01/11/cci-report-on-qldfloods-and-qpsmedia-in-the-2011-floods/
I thought this info graphic was awesome and shows just how many tweets/retweets/replies the #QPSMedia were getting, along with the other popular media twitter accounts like #abcnews, @612Brisbane, @Couriermail and @sunriseon7
This article has done a great job in breaking down the ‘not so easy’ to read project report itself and has given graphs and smaller snippets of the relevant information. It just goes to show the rising impact of social media in more serious areas like emergencies and natural disasters where you can receive important information and advice on the fly.. not having to be in front of the TV waiting for a journalist to feed you the repeated updates of the situation all day while they wait for some more information.
Would I be using social media if I were caught in a Natural Disaster? In this day and age it would be ridiculous not to. There are so many benefits compared to older methods of reading the newspaper and watching the news on TV such as having automatic updates wherever you are, keeping in touch with family and giving updates on your situation while phone lines are down and just generally having a more reliable way to find fast, informative news which could save a lot of stress and hassle.
A bit surreal seeing the dinosaurs in the flood like this
PHOTO BY RAE ALLEN
Taken on January 13, 2011
(License – CC Attribution 2.0 Generic – https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode)