In the minutes following the attack, users posted an average of 73.4 tweets per secondby Thomas Spielhofer, / June 2, 2017 / Leave a comment
The use of social media such as Twitter and Facebook soared last week after the Manchester terrorist attack.
A recent survey by the Tavistock Institute found that 85 per cent of adult UK citizens regularly use some form of social media, but that that usage increases exponentially during emergencies. Around a third of those polled said that they had used social media to find or share information during an emergency.
As with social media in general, this proportion is much higher among younger people – with almost 60 per cent of 18-24s having done so. A ‘digital divide’ appears between those aged 18-44 and those aged 45 or above – with a significant fall in social media use in emergencies among the latter. This may be because smartphone use is much higher among young.
Within 10 hours of the Paris terrorist attack in 2015, around 6.7 million posts with the hashtag #prayforparis appeared on Twitter.
Similarly, analysis by the Tavistock Institute showed that 8809 messages were tweeted within 2 minutes of the Manchester attacks; an average of 73.4 tweets per second.