Twitter and the Power of Micro-Blogging in Emergencies

7 thoughts on “Twitter and the Power of Micro-Blogging in Emergencies”

  1. Luis – Ambient presencing tools like Twitter have a big role to play for organisations where staff are distributed all over the place and they need to get a sense of what everyone else is doing. We just need to get the interfaces it a bit better IMHO…

  2. For a bit now, I have been following the benefits of ICT in crisis management. When the communication and collaboration of stakeholders involved (public emergency bodies, military, NGOs, citizens, etc.) is critical to minimize the negative effects of a humanitarian or environmental emergency, ICT can play an immense role. Not only it empowers their collaboration efforts but helps mitigate the biggest barrier, a culture of non-sharing. In Finland, Ahtisaari’s Crisis Management Initiative has provided a lot of evidence on this issue.

    Unfortunately, tragedies happen all over the world, but only when it has started to hit hard our “developed” countries (floods in Britain, huracan Katrina, foreigners in Asia during the tsunami), we have started to empower the change.

    It seems evident then that if every one of us have the tools at hand, the effects of catastrophes (int this case provoked fires) like we see every summer in Greece, Portugal, Spain (including my home Canary Islands), could definitely be minimized if we saw public authorities supporting education and stimulating their use. Although for a different purpose, but still resembling awesome value, I am impressed with initiatives like Ushahidi (testimony in Swahili) that have build a platform that crowdsources crisis information.

    Going back to Twitters role, I am sure you all have seen the spectacular presentation by Clay Shirky on TED. It is self-explanatory and I recommend you to check it out.

    If anyone else has other interesting iniciatives like Ushahidi, please share 🙂

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