Yesterday during class, our guest lecturer, Sara Estes Cohen, mentioned a social media tool called “Tweak the Tweet.” I had never heard of Tweak the Tweet before, so I decided to investigate and find out exactly what it is. I found this website that explains what it is.
According to this source, Tweet the Tweet is “a hashtag-based syntax to help direct Twitter communications for more efficient data extraction for those communicating about disaster events. Use requires modifications of Tweet messages to make information pieces that refer to #location, #status, #needs, #damage and several other elements of emergency communications more machine readable.”
Click on this link to see a live map of the U.S. with geolocated tweets. Tweak the Tweet geolocated tweets with hashtags such as #snow #shelter #damage.
Tweak the Tweet utilizes Twitter as a two-way communication channel for information during emergencies, crises, and disasters. This is a great example of how social media can play a role in development, especially in regards to disasters and crises.