Twitter Map Model for an Unbiased Analysis of Tweets with #NoDAPL Hashtag


Snapshot from Twitter time evolution graphic of climate change digital speech.

PARTNER: UN Secretary-General’s Climate Change Support Team

PROGRAMME AREA: Climate & Resilience


DOWNLOAD CASE STUDY: UN Global Pulse, ‘Using Twitter to Measure Global Engagement on Climate Change’, Global Pulse Project Series, no.7, 2015. [PDF]


Global Pulse developed a real-time social media monitor to measure and explore online discourse about climate change in support of the United Nations Climate Summit in 2014. The publicly accessible monitor analysed tweets in English, Spanish and French on a daily basis to show the volume and content of tweets about climate change across a range of topic areas such as economy and energy. Measuring and visualising public tweets over time created a baseline of engagement, and showed a significant increase in discussions about climate change around the Climate Summit. By providing a tool for comparing interest level between topics and regions, and monitoring the social media impact of climate-related public communications and events, the monitor could be used to measure awareness, support climate policy decision-making and to drive further public engagement.

About kayaerbil

I am a Berkeley educated chemistry Ph.D. who is moving into the area of working on developing appropriate technology for communities that are subjected to socio-economic oppression. The goal is to use simple and effective designs to empower people to live better lives. Currently, I am working with Native Americans on Pine Ridge, the Lakota reservation in South Dakota. I am working with a Native owned and run solar energy company. We are currently working on building a compressed earth block (CEB) house that showcases many of the technologies that the company has developed. The CEB house is made of locally derived resources, earth from the reservation. The blocks are naturally thermally insulating, keeping the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Eventually, a solar air heater and photovoltaic panels will be installed into the house to power the home and keep it warm, while preserving the house off the grid. A side project while in Pine Ridge is a solar computer. I hope to learn about blockchain encryption software for building microgrids. In addition, it is an immediate interest of mine to involve local youth in technology education.
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