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Five tips for using Twitter during the Bushfires

By Kara Hinesley
Saturday, 9 November 2019

With bushfires tracking across Queensland and New South Wales, Twitter is the best place for citizens to find out what’s happening in real time.

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Here are 5 tips to get the most out of Twitter during these bushfires:

  1. Twitter is where you go to see #WhatsHappening everywhere in the world, right now. Follow trusted sources like @NSWRFS and @QldFES to get the latest news on the bushfires from trusted sources, in the moment. Avoid sharing information that you are unable to verify. You can also follow our Emergency Response Lists on @TwitterAU. 
  2. Use the right hashtags for the bushfires, such as #NSWFires or #QLDFires. Hashtags are the best way for people to find information and conversations online, and they are used by the media, government agencies, relief and volunteer organisations. To ensure that the hashtags remain useful, refrain from using these hashtags for unrelated topics.
  3. Use Twitter Lite to avoid challenges in data connectivity. In areas where telecommunications have been disrupted, Twitter Lite is the ideal platform to communicate and discover emergency updates. Twitter Lite is a faster, data-friendly, and more accessible way for people in rural and remote areas to keep abreast of breaking news, or post live Twitter updates of emergency situations on the ground. Once loaded, the information on Twitter Lite can be accessed offline as well. Twitter Lite is available at mobile.twitter.com in 42 languages.
  4. If you need help or can help with relief efforts, @ mention or tag media, government agencies, or relief and volunteer organisations. They may be able to share your Tweet and amplify your voice. Relevant organisations include the @RedCrossAU. 
  5. Track the issue as it evolves by tapping the  ✨icon in the upper right-hand corner to see the latest Tweets first in your timeline. You can also use Twitter Moments to find out more about a conversation as it evolves. Moments are curated stories showcasing the most relevant Tweets of what’s happening on Twitter. Create a chronological account of the situation and curate relevant Tweets, which can serve as a point of reference later on. In Australia, @MomentsAU shows current topics which are popular and relevant, so that you can discover what is unfolding on Twitter in an instant.

 

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Twitter is where news breaks and where government agencies, relief organisations, media, volunteers, and citizens go to communicate and collaborate. Twitter is here to help every person in Australia see what’s happening in real time and engage the right people, organisations, and agencies when they need it.

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Kara Hinesley

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Head of Public Policy, Australia and New Zealand

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