The Wagga Wagga Floods Through Twitter

The flood water is rising, the sandbagging needs to be started and you have no idea where the evacuation zone is; So what are you going to do it about it? Well if you are one of the thousands obsessive twitter users you’re going to jump on twitter and tell the world all about your current predicament!

Meet Robert (@BidgeeWagga). Robert is a Wagga Wagga resident who tweets about the goings about around of Wagga Wagga. He is the epitome of a citizen journalist. Through out the floods and in the aftermath he tweeted pictures and information for residents.

The above Tweet is an example of the short, but still informative, citizen journalism twitter has to offer. People are able to post pictures with descriptions that encapsulate the same amount of information as a news article would.
From this Tweet you get several peices of information:

  •  Location: West Wagga Wagga
  • West Wagga is flooded

This is really the only information  you need and it done inexpensively to the producer and freely for the consumer.

Another example of citizen journalism in the Wagga Wagga floods is @RiverinaFloods. This twitter took a more formal approach to its citizen journalism reports.

The direct nature of the tweet above matches the rest of @RiverinaFloods tweets. The state the facts and do not get caught up in emotion or additions. This is a perfect example of citizen journalism – stating the facts without going overboard.

Twitter is an excellent platform for citizen journalists and it will continue to be as it’s easily accessible  and simple to use.

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Twitter, Facebook and 9/11

What if Facebook was around when 9/11 occurred? What if twitter was around? What information would people use their 140 characters on? What Facebook groups would be made in seconds? What would twitters trending topics be? How many Rest In Peace statuses would be written?

Trending Topics:
#Twin Towers
plane
#NYC
#Rest In Peace
#USA
#RIP
NYPD
FDNY
crash
George W Bush

Is this what the trending topics would have looked like after 9/11? Although mobile phones were shut down directly after the first plane hit, the rest of the world would have been desperately micro-blogging about the events, sending well-wishes, enquiring if there was a way to donate to those effected and desperately seeking answers.

Their are countless facebook groups set up in relation to 9/ll. Some include “R.I.P to all those who died on 9/11” and “Can we get 900,111 likes to show respect for the 9/11 victims”  while some other more crude ones read “The awkwardness when Osama Bin Laden asks you for the time and it’s 9:11.”

The amount of groups that would have been created in remembrance, respect and some sort of twisted attempt at humour would only be much  larger  than what has been created now (almost 11 years later) due to the higher level of presence it had in the mass media and the fact that we would have been counting the number of them over a larger time frame.