Hurricane Sandy and Social Media

Hurricane Sandy brought waves of relentless devastation and destruction to the upper East Coast and the surrounding areas. Millions were without, and still are without electricity and other necessities, but the power of social media is still present.

Thanks to this article found on Floating Sheep, we see the number of tweets sent out during and after Hurricane Sandy. It is evident that most tweets were sent from Manhattan. This is partly related to the fact that Manhattan has a denser population than other areas, as well as more financial stability. On the other hand, there was little activity in the areas that were hit hardest by the hurricane.

What do you think about the findings? What does this say about the power of social media during national crisis, specifically Hurricane Sandy?




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