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SOCIAL MEDIA BEFORE, DURING, & AFTER EMERGENCIES

SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS


This section provides an overview of social media platforms classified by purpose and function. 27

A. Social Networking
1. Definition: Using websites and applications to communicate informally with others, find people, and share similar interests

  • Allows users to directly connect with one another through groups, networks, and location

2. Examples: Facebook, Google+, and LinkedIn

Facebook Logo     Google Plus Icon     LinkedIn Icon


B. Microblogging
1. Definition: Posting of very short entries or updates on a social networking site

  • Allows users to subscribe to other users' content, send direct messages, and reply publicly
  • Allows users to create and share hashtags to share content about related subjects

2. Examples: Twitter and Tumblr

Tumblr Icon    Twitter Icon

3. Additional tool for managing microblogging: TweetDeck

  • Tweetdeck downloadable desktop application made exclusively for Twitter, allows for the organization of tweets through "customizable columns, multiple accounts toggling, scheduling, and automatically refreshing feeds".28 TweetDeck relies on column-based interface that allows all social media profiles to be viewed in one window. This beginner's guide to TweetDeck detials how to set-up and customize TweetDeck features to your agency's needs.

C. Blogging (Using Publishing Websites)
1. Definition: Recording opinions, stories, articles, and links to other websites on a personal website

2. Examples: Wordpress and Blogger

Wordpress Icon     Blogger Icon

 

D. Photo Sharing
1. Definition: Publishing a user's digital photos, enabling the user to share photos with others either publicly or privately

2: Examples: Instagram, Flickr, Snapchat and Pinterest

Instagram Icon     Flickr Icon     Snapchat     Pinterest Icon


E. Video Sharing
1. Definition: Publishing a user's digital photos, enabling the user to share photos with others either publicly or privately

  • Allows users to embed media in a blog or Facebook post, or link media to a tweet

2. Examples: YouTube, Vimeo, and Periscope

YouTube     Vimeo Icon     Periscope


F. Crowdsourcing
1. Definition: Obtaining needed services, ideas, or content by soliciting contributions from a large group of people, particularly those from the online community

2. Examples: Ushahidi, Inc.

Ushahidi

For more information on crowdsourcing, view the Digital Humanitarians TED Talk on the use of time-critical crowdsourcing to verify social media for disaster response. 29 To view the FEMA mobile application called "Disaster Reporter," which includes a crowdsourcing component, click here.30

 

G. Tools for Managing Multiple Social Media Platforms
1. Definition: An aggregator is a tool tht can be used to "aggregate social media site feeds in one spot, allowing users to search by keywords."31

2. Examples: Hootsuite

HootSuiteHootSuite supports social network integrations for Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, WordPress, and more. It has a browser-based interface that allows social media profiles to be viewed in tabs, rather than all in one window. It has the ability to filter messages, schedule posts, and manage messages through multiple platforms, as well as provide custom analytics.32

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References:

27 FEMA, IS-42: Social Media in Emergency Management, Lesson 2.

28 Cetin, M. (2013, November 7). The Beginner's Guide to TweetDeck. Retrieved from http://mashable.com/2013/11/07/tweetdeck-beginners-guide/#oGx_HnMmRuq1

29 Meier, P. (2013, July 21). TEDx: Using Crowdsourcing to Verify Social Media for Disaster Response | iRevolution. Retrieved from http://irevolution.net/2013/07/21/tedx-crowdsourcing-verification/?goback=.gde_106846_member_259920926

30 Kuriakose, D. (2013, July 29). FEMA App Adds Crowdsourcing for Disaster Relief. Retrieved from http://mashable.com/2013/07/29/fema-app-disaster-relief/

31 FEMA. (2013, June 18). IS-42: Social Media in Emergency Management, Lesson 2: Monitoring and Aggregating Sites. Retrieved from http://emilms.fema.gov/is42/BPSM0101020t.htm

32 HootSuite Website. (n.d.) Retrieved from https://hootsuite.com/features/social-networks