Facebook and Twitter Adoption by Hurricane Sandy-affected Police and Fire Departments

Apoorva Chauhan, Amanda Lee Hughes

ABSTRACT

We report initial findings around the Facebook and Twitter adoption trends of 840 fire and police departments affected by Hurricane Sandy. The data show that adoption increased during the time period directly surrounding Hurricane Sandy. Despite this increase, the creation of new online accounts since that time has been declining and overall adoption rates seem to be stabilizing. Lastly, the data report Facebook to be significantly more popular than Twitter as a form of online communication for these fire and police departments.

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