Tweeting from the danger zone: the use of twitter by emergency agency during Mitchell factory fire in Canberra

Sultana Lubna Alam

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Abstract

Emergency Agencies have shown a significant interest in the use of social media such as Twitter and Facebook for interacting with partner institutions and citizens for distribution of vital disaster information. This paper is a case study about how social media was used in a crisis situation, being the Mitchell factory fire, in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (ACT). In particular this paper looks at how one social media site; Twitter, was used. Twitter became a way for many Canberran citizens to find out essential information about the factory fire that broke out on September 16th 2011.This case study looks at the correlation of offline events with online events, the impact and effect of social media in an emergency context and the experience of the ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA) Media team’s use of Twitter during the day’s events and the lessons they have learnt from this experience.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMCIS 2012 Proceedings
Place of PublicationUSA
PublisherAssociation of Information Systems (AIS) USA
Pages1-10
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Event7th Mediterranean Conference on Information Systems - Guimaraes, Guimaraes, Portugal
Duration: 8 Sep 201210 Sep 2012

Conference

Conference7th Mediterranean Conference on Information Systems
Country/TerritoryPortugal
CityGuimaraes
Period8/09/1210/09/12

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