Social media adoption, message content, and reach: an examination of Red Cross and Red Crescent national societies Online publication date: Tue, 21-Mar-2017
by Clayton Wukich; Ashish Khemka
International Journal of Emergency Management (IJEM), Vol. 13, No. 2, 2017
Abstract: This paper examines how and to what extent national-level Red Cross and Red Crescent organisations (i.e. national societies) use the social media platform Twitter. Specifically, we assess (a) adoption rates and influential factors; (b) message types and frequency; and (c) the ability to reach large audiences. Findings demonstrate that while the digital divide (i.e. the disparity between country-level internet access rates) limits adoption, key exceptions signal the potential for further diffusion. This paper also illustrates disparate message types, points out the limits of organisational reach, and presents evidence-based suggestions to improve message amplification.
Online publication date: Tue, 21-Mar-2017
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