Thursday, February 03, 2005

BlogPulse analysis of tsunami crisis

BlogPulse has released an in-depth analysis of tsunami-related coverage in the blogsphere. Most of the findings are obvious, but a few, such as the visual patterns in the Blogosphere, are interesting. BlogPulse's analytical tools tracked the coverage of the tsunami and relief efforts and the site produced maps showing how discussion spiked considerably in the affected countries and the Southern Asia region.

“The world watched in horror and awe on Dec. 26, 2004 as an earthquake and tsunami devastated wide areas of Southern Asia.

As neighboring nations and relief agencies began organizing to help, so did another group of people: bloggers. Unlimited by geography and powered by easy blog-publishing tools, bloggers quickly sprang into action to provide information that was otherwise impossible or extremely difficult to find or disseminate.

In a remote part of the world, where traditional news crews wouldn't arrive for several days, bloggers provided some of the first eyewitness accounts, news of relief efforts, videos, still photographs, lists of victims and missing persons, and other helpful disaster aid and coordination information. Over a period of days and weeks, blogging would move yet another notch from novelty to acceptability.

BlogPulse's analysis of tsunami-related coverage in the blogsphere follows.”

Key BlogPulse Findings


Tsunami-Related Buzz Spiked Starting Dec. 26, 2004 and into 2005


New Tsunami-Dedicated Blogs Entered the Blogosphere


The Rise of Regional Blogs


Visual Patterns in the Blogosphere


Group Blogs Mobilized Quickly…and across International Borders


Blogs Embraced Video Capabilities


Bloggers Provided Eyewitness Accounts


Bloggers Tracked Relief Efforts


Bloggers Focused on Disaster Relief Accountability


"Disasters" in Context: What Other World Regions Need Help? Bloggers Asked
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