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How do crises unfold on Twitter? Learning from the tragic events of #AnkaraAttack

16 March 2016 by Justine Touaux

Many lessons can be learnt about how people respond to a crisis from reviewing how they react in social media. Though triggers and events vary, online reaction to major incidents – particularly tragic or emotional events such as last month’s attack in Ankara, Turkey – tend to follow a similar pattern. It is important…

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7 top tips for protecting your online privacy and security

29 February 2016 by Francis Clarke

This blog was first published on the Open Rights Group Birmingham website. Open Rights Group Birmingham was established by Francis Clarke (@francisclarke) in 2015 and forms part of the Open Rights Group, the UK’s only digital campaigning organisation working to protect the rights to privacy and free speech online. Here…

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How vulnerable are your people online?

19 January 2016 by Steph Gray

I’ll let you in on a nasty little technique we use in our social media crisis simulation exercises from time to time. If the team is strong, is using its lines well and deftly handling stakeholders and customers, we’ll sometimes throw in a little bit of a curveball: a bit of…

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Facebook for social good

16 January 2016 by Justine Touaux

Facebook has launched Fundraisers, a new tool to help non-profits to solicit and receive donations directly through the platform. Facebook has made good use of its billion-strong audience to raise awareness and funds in times of crisis, such as the Fukushima earthquake, the ALS Association, Ebola and others. Facebook’s new…

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The seven habits of highly effective crisis communications teams

5 October 2015 by Steph Gray

We’ve run dozens of crisis simulations with communications teams large and small, from global multinationals to local city emergency responders. Here’s what we’ve found sets the great teams apart from the rest: 1. They’re quick to the first response Social media doesn’t wait patiently for you to clear your lines…

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Using Twitter lists to monitor an unfolding crisis

23 September 2015 by Justine Touaux

Last Wednesday, September 16th, at 7:54pm local time, an 8.3 magnitude earthquake – one of the largest recorded in the country over the last 100 years – struck about 10 miles off the coast of Chile, followed by multiple aftershocks and reports of impending tsunamis around the Pacific Ocean, sending…

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What does Facebook’s new Notes mean for crisis communications?

19 August 2015 by Justine Touaux

Notes, the long-neglected Facebook feature has been given a makeover to become a new and interesting blogging option within the Facebook platform. In time of crisis, blogs provide immediacy and a sense of transparency and personality that helps safeguard a positive image of the company. And since Facebook is increasingly aiming to…

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