Natural disasters and Twitter: Thinking from both sides of the tweet

Julia Skinner


This paper is a reflection on the process of engaging with Twitter from the perspective of a researcher and a user. It includes the author’s experiences as a content producer on Twitter during wildfires in Colorado, followed by the experience of researching tweets produced during Hurricane Sandy. The goal is to outline the author’s subjective understanding of both experiences, and how those experiences play off each other to inform future social media use and future research.


social media; Twitter; natural disasters; research methods

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