Skip to content

Social Media provides a Sea of Information in the Queensland Floods

January 25, 2011

As the water level was rising in the recent Queensland floods, so was the reliance on social media as a source of the most up-to-date information.

Queensland Police used Twitter and Facebook to provide regular updates and everyone both in the mainstream media and social media users quickly started following the hashtag #qldfloods and retweeting @qpsmedia official information. This service was particularly helpful to people who were without power or landline telephones as they were able to use their mobile devices to keep informed of the rising tide.

The activity recorded certainly underlines the need for effective social media strategy as part of a broader disaster management plan for any situation.

Streetcorner.com.au has published a very interesting article on the subject and compares the social media engagement of various state police departments.

Check it out http://streetcorner.com.au/news/showPost.cfm?bid=20421&mycomm=ES

Advertisements
No comments yet

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: