Title

Hope for Haiti: An Analysis of Facebook and Twitter Usage During the Earthquake Relief Efforts

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-1-2011

Department

Mass Communication and Journalism

Abstract

The Haitian earthquake devastated the small island of Hispaniola, leaving thousands dead and billions of dollars in property damage. The earthquake also ignited a firestorm of social media use by organizations. By applying framing theory to the analysis of Facebook posts and tweets sent by nonprofits and media organizations, this study discovered differences between nonprofits and media in terms of social media use. Nonprofits and media organizations used information dissemination and disclosure effectively, but failed to capitalize on the innate two-way communication nature of social media. (C) 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Publication Title

Public Relations Review

Volume

37

Issue

2

First Page

175

Last Page

177