disaster monitoring

23 Jan: Twitter Alerts for Disaster Response

Twitter’s real-time communication platform has grown to be the defacto tool for understanding “What’s happening” in the world today. Hundreds of millions of people use Twitter to tweet about everyday activities, conversations, and business. Most importantly for your disaster response business is the use of Twitter as an emergency indicator. When natural disasters occur, users will post relevant tweets. Twitter accounts are associated with geo-location, so when a user tweets about “fire”, “flood”, “earthquake”, we can know that they are experiencing the issue in a specific area. This is an incredibly valuable real-time response opportunity – imagine millions of people crowdsourcing the location of necessary disaster response within seconds. Searching…