Global Political Communication (030:166:001)
G. R. Boynton
Philippines, Twitter, Flood, Flooding, Re-tweeting, Social networking, web 2.0
We began collecting Twitter data on October 2, 2009, utilizing sources like Archivist and Trendistic to gather general trends on the topic of the 2009 Filipino floods. We used search phrases like “Philippines”, “Philippine floods”, and “Philippines flooding” in order to collect the number of tweets. We discovered that “flooding” was not viable a search topic because of the flooding that was occurring simultaneously in India. As we read various news articles, it was difficult to discern exactly how many typhoons had hit the country and how many were predicted to hit. Different news agencies were calling the storms different names and searching for “Parma” often gave us tweets that focused on stories from U.S. sources however, searching “Pepeng”, which was the same storm, gave us stories from more international sources; the same was true with Ondoy or Ketsana. One can see the difference between the spikes on Trendistic according to what name was used for the search in our data. With our search parameters set, we finished collecting data on October 12, 2009. In this report, we discuss the nature of re-tweets regarding the Philippine floods and follow this discussion with our collected data figures.
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