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June 19, 2010

How Twitter Helps in a Disaster

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By Christopher Mims, Technology Review

A recent study on the use of Twitter during natural disasters neatly illustrates the paradox of conversational micro-blogging. The majority of information that was retweeted during the 2009 record flooding of the Red River in North Dakota was news — as in, information that did not already exist on Twitter or even the web. But a great deal of the utility of the service is demonstrated not by this new information, which constituted less than 10% of tweets culled from a representative sample of Twitter accounts during the disaster, but the derivative and synthetic tweets that followed in the wake of these original tweets.

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