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Bragi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-11 10:23 AM
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(QLD Flood) Socially irresponsible use of twitter during an emergency
Edited on Tue Jan-11-11 10:25 AM by Bragi
I visited the main Queensland Australia flood twitter feed -- #qldfloods -- and saw two irresponsible uses of twitter during a disaster.

The first was people taking up space via the main hashtag for religious proselytizing; the second was using the stream for cause and relief fundraising.

During an emergency, twitter can be a really useful communications tool. It can help people udenrstand what is going on, it can give them strength, and can be used to convey critical information.

It is diminished as a tool, however, when it becomes cluttered up with marketing messages. No matter how well intended these marketers might be, their use of twitter streams in emergency settings is socially irresponsible and counter-productive from an emergency management standpoint.

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