Crisis Publications Twitter — Snurb, 30 April 2012
Twitter, the Queensland Floods, and the ABC

And finally for our series of conference presentations over the past couple of weeks, here’s our talk from the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association conference in Brisbane last week. This was a bit of a strange one, as the conference schedule meant that we had to present it three times – Jean did the first one, and I the other two, alongside Anthony Baxter from and Gabby Shaw from ABC Innovation. Below are the slides and audio from the second run (my first); Jean tells me the conference also did a video recording of her talk, so if that surfaces somewhere we’ll add a link to it as well.

In keeping with the conference theme, “Media Leadership in Crisis, Disaster and Emergency”, we presented our research into the role of Twitter in the Queensland floods, but focussed here especially also on the intersections between mainstream and social media and the specific contributions of the Australian public broadcaster, the ABC, in this context. This also provided an opportunity again to show some of our research into the overall shape of the Australian Twittersphere (which we shared at the Digital Humanities Australasia conference in Canberra recently), and to examine the specific position of the ABC within it. More on that soon!

About the Author

Dr Axel Bruns leads the QUT Social Media Research Group. He is an ARC Future Fellow and Professor in the Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. Bruns is the author of Blogs, Wikipedia, Second Life and Beyond: From Production to Produsage (2008) and Gatewatching: Collaborative Online News Production (2005), and a co-editor of Twitter and Society, A Companion to New Media Dynamics and Uses of Blogs (2006). He is a Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation. His research Website is at, and he tweets as @snurb_dot_info.

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