Rapid collaborative knowledge building via Twitter after significant geohazard...

Wibisono, D. F., L. Fallou, E. Fielding, A. Gabriel, J. Gurney, J. Krippner, A. Lomax, M. M. Sudibyo, A. Pamumpuni, J. R. Patton, and H. Robinson (2020), Rapid collaborative knowledge building via Twitter after significant geohazard events, Geosci. Commun., 3, 129-146, doi:10.5194/gc-3-129-2020.

Twitter is an established social media platform valued by scholars as an open way to disseminate scientific information and to publicly discuss research results. Scientific discussions on Twitter are viewed by the media, who can then pass on information to the wider public. Social media is used widely by geoscientists, but there is little documentation currently available regarding the benefits or limitations of this for the scientist or the public. Here, we use the example of two 2018 earthquake-related events that were widely commented on by geoscientists on Twitter: the Palu Mw 7.5 earthquake and related tsunami in Indonesia and the longduration Mayotte island seismovolcanic crisis in the Indian Ocean. We built our study on a content and contextual analysis of selected Twitter threads about the geophysical characteristics of these events. From the analysis of these two examples, we show that Twitter promotes a very rapid building of knowledge in the minutes to hours and days following an event via an efficient exchange of information and active

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