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iHub Research By Angela Okune / September 25, 2013

How Useful is a Tweet?


Last month, iHub Research published the results of our research looking at crowdsourcing data collected during the March 2013 Kenyan elections. The research has become even more relevant against the backdrop of this weekend’s horrific incident at Westgate Mall, which looks to have been documented first on Twitter just seconds after the first gunshot via a geo-tagged tweet.

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Our study looked at crowd-sourced information in relation to traditional media outlets, using the Kenyan General Elections as a case study to compare information collected from the crowd with results collected from the traditional media and other sources including Uchaguzi.

Together with our project funder, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), we would therefore like to invite you to attend a cocktail event to discuss “How Useful is a Tweet?: 3Vs Crowdsourcing Framework.”

The event will take place on Thursday, the 3rd of October 2013 from 5:00 pm at iHub – 4th Floor, Bishop Magua Building – George Padmore Road, off Ngong Road (Opposite Uchumi Hyper).

The session will bring together media, academia, and practitioners to discuss results from our research and our new flagship framework for understanding the viability, verification, and validity of crowdsourcing during election periods. We also have limited space available for the general community.

If you would like to attend this event, please send an email to ndiga [AT] ihub [DOT] co [DOT] ke by Wednesday, 2nd October 2013.

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Author : Angela Okune

Angela is Research Lead at iHub. She is keen on growing knowledge on the uptake and utility of ICTs in East Africa. She is also co-lead of Waza Experience, an iHub community initiative aimed at prompting under-privileged children to explore innovation and entrepreneurship concepts grounded in real-world experience.

  • Bobbie at 13:36:40PM Thursday, September 26, 2013

    I heard about the attack at the Westgate mall on Twitter about an hour before the major news networks mentioned it. Crowd sourced information is essential to crowd control. Twitter is an excellent tool for the New World Order. If for example someone sees you buying or selling without the mark of the beast they can simply tweet and have the police in any country arrest you! Twitter is really useful and cheap to use.

  • How Useful Is A Tweet?: A review of the first tweets from the Westgate Attack at 14:21:30PM Thursday, October 3, 2013

    […] We are still analyzing the tweeting activity that continued over the unfolding of the 4/5 day siege, as the world took to Twitter for updates. We will follow up with more information in days to come. This Westgate example gives further support for the findings derived from our 3Vs Crowdsourcing Framework Research, which will be officially launched at our cocktail event this evening, October 3, 2013. […]


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