The Impact of Social Media on the Calgary Flood

impact-of-social-media-calgary-floodHow did you collect the data?

The data was collected using Topsy an online social media analysis tool.

How accurate is the data?

Historic social media data is notoriously difficult to retrieve after an event. I perceive the data to be accurate but do not have data sets to compare it against.

I have a question, how can I contact you?

Tweet me @calindaniel.

Can I publish this to my blog or website?

Absolutely, this graphic was created to be shared. It is licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-ND 3.0). Please review the licensing agreement before publishing.

How did you select the Facebook pages for the “flood as it happened section?”

Randomly based on my own personal experience. These were the pages I monitored.

How did you select the hashtags?

The hashtags were collected through independent research and via Topsy.

Why aren’t Nenshi and the Red Cross the top retweeted accounts?

The honest answer is I don’t know. This was an item expressed by my team, however, after further review and scrutiny we decided to publish the results provided by Topsy.

Okay, but seriously, why not?

I believe it may have something to do with Topsy’s access to historical data. Once an account ages past a certain point it becomes more difficult to retrieve information.