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#Utøya: En studie av informasjonsspredning over Twitter under terrorhandlingene i Oslo og på Utøya den 22. juli 2011
University of Borås, Faculty of Librarianship, Information, Education and IT.
2016 (Norwegian)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
#Utøya : A study of information flow through Twitter during the terrorist attacks on Oslo and Utøya on July 22. 2011 (English)
Abstract [en]

This study is an analysis of the spread of information through Twitter contrasted with the reporting through a major Norwegian news network (TV2 Nyhetskanalen) during the terrorist bombing in Oslo and the massacre at Utøya July 22nd, 2011. The paper explores the impact of individual Tweets immediately before and after four key events: (1) the bombing of the governmental buildings in Akersgaten, (2) the first official reports of shootings at the Labour party youth camp at Utøya, (3) the arrest of the terrorist and (4) the publication of the identity of Anders Behring Breivik. Through tabulation of the potential audience for each re-Tweet received by the Tweets during these intervals, the goal is to determine the potential impact of Twitter as a social sensor and message bearer during dramatic events such as terrorist attacks. Through an extensive crawling of over 60.000 interactions, each Tweet's individual impact is shown to have reached audiences of several hundred thousand potential readers, often ahead of public reporting. This may be read in contradiction to earlier research, stating Twitter's prevailing tendency of being a reactive medium. The results also point to a changing relationship between eye-witness accounts and the public audience without media as an intermediate moderator.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 83 p.
Kandidatuppsats i biblioteks- och informationsvetenskap vid Institutionen Bibliotekshögskolan, 2016:43
Keyword [sv]
Sociala medier, Twitter, Twittermetrics, Webometrics, Informationsspridning.
National Category
Information Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-10810OAI: diva2:1010191
Subject / course
Library and Information Science
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2016-10-18 Created: 2016-10-03 Last updated: 2016-10-18Bibliographically approved

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