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Towards a Model for Social Media Usage in Disaster Management

Towards a Model for Social Media Usage in Disaster Management

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This thesis proposes a model for the use of social media in disaster management. The proposed model results
from a combination of (1) the theory of public engagement (Rowe, 2005), (2) the social media classification
framework (Lang & Benbunan-Fich 2010) and (3) the disaster management cycle (Dynes 1970; Alexander
2002 & Cutter 2003).
By combining these three elements, a model is developed to provide insight in the potential use of social media. The proposed model can be used to analyze the potential use of a social network site when a disaster is happened and is used to determine the requirements for the potential use of a social network site in each phase of the disaster management cycle.
Three of the most popular social network sites - Facebook, Twitter and Flickr - will be analyzed using the proposed model. All of the phases of the disaster management cycle will be evaluated using the model. This results in a set of matrices representing the potential use or role of social media in disaster management.
This thesis proposes a model for the use of social media in disaster management. The proposed model results
from a combination of (1) the theory of public engagement (Rowe, 2005), (2) the social media classification
framework (Lang & Benbunan-Fich 2010) and (3) the disaster management cycle (Dynes 1970; Alexander
2002 & Cutter 2003).
By combining these three elements, a model is developed to provide insight in the potential use of social media. The proposed model can be used to analyze the potential use of a social network site when a disaster is happened and is used to determine the requirements for the potential use of a social network site in each phase of the disaster management cycle.
Three of the most popular social network sites - Facebook, Twitter and Flickr - will be analyzed using the proposed model. All of the phases of the disaster management cycle will be evaluated using the model. This results in a set of matrices representing the potential use or role of social media in disaster management.

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