Haitian Earthquake Dominates Twitter

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.

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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.