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The 2009 Philippines Flood And Twitter, Drew Bulman, Matthew Samson, Chris Jensen Oct 2009

The 2009 Philippines Flood And Twitter, Drew Bulman, Matthew Samson, Chris Jensen

G. R. Boynton's New Media and Politics

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 ...