Haitian Earthquake Dominates Twitter

By Mark Evans - Friday, January 15th, 2010 at 7:50 am  

Twitter has emerged as place to highlight breaking news, galvanize people around the world, and help raise money for charities and other causes. So it has not been surprising to see the earthquake in Haiti become the dominant topic of conversation this week.

According to our data, there were 2.3 million tweets about “Haiti” or the “Red Cross” from Jan. 12 to Jan. 14, and nearly 150,000 tweets that included “Haiti” and “Red Cross”. Of the 2.3 million tweets, 59% were retweets.

There were also 189,024 tweets that included “90999″, which can be used to donate money to the Red Cross via a text message.

Here’s a chart that shows Twitter activity around the world that includes the words “Haiti” or “Red Cross”, which shows that most of the activity happened in the U.S. and Canada.

global chart haiti

For more coverage of how Twitter is being used to raise money to support Haiti, the New York Times has a story that mentions Sysomos.

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8 Responses to “Haitian Earthquake Dominates Twitter”

  1. [...] are apparently turning to Twitter to share information, react to the situation and rally support. Sysomos, an analytics firm in Toronto, estimated that nearly 150,000 posts containing both [...]

  2. [...] donated to the Red Cross during recent NFL games. And according to Pew and Twitter-tracking service Sysomos, 189,024 tweets included “90999″ between January 12th and 14th. 2.3 million included [...]

  3. [...] The Haiti Earthquake alone created in excess of 2.3 million tweets reflecting the words “Haiti” or “Red Cross” from Jan 12 to Jan 14, 2010. Almost immediately, word/buzz [...]

  4. [...] text meme quickly took root in social networks. According to web analytics firm Sysomos: There were 2.3 million tweets about “Haiti” or the “Red Cross” from Jan. 12 to Jan. 14, [...]

  5. [...] The Haiti Earthquake alone created in excess of 2.3 million tweets reflecting the words “Haiti” or “Red Cross” from Jan 12 to Jan 14, 2010. Almost immediately, word/buzz started spreading [...]

  6. [...] Enkele uren nadat de aardbeving plaatsvond, twitterde het Rode Kruis: “You can text ‘HAITI’ to 90999 to donate $10 to Red Cross relief efforts in #haiti.” Deze tekst werd via Twitter extreem snel verspreid. Volgens de webstatistieken: [...]

  7. [...] hub of information, not only for getting information out but also for helping to rally support (Sysomos estimated that nearly 150,000 posts containing both “Haiti” and “Red Cross” were sent [...]

  8. Not surprising that this kind of event would generate so much buzz on Twitter. It can be a powerful outlet to raise awareness and even funds for tragic situations such as this.