Live Streaming Tools
Information gathering using livestreams during major incidents can allow VOST teams to gather greater situational awareness as the incident unfolds. As more social media platforms integrate live video features like Instagram or extending existing ones likes Facebook Live 360, more information will become available to VOST teams via live feeds.
Facebook Live Map
The Facebook Live Map is a simple grey map with blue pins indicating where live streams are taking place. A quick glance shows activity clusters. By hovering your cursor over a dot, a window will pop up with another user’s name, photo, the number of viewers, how long they have been livestreaming and a description of their stream. To join the live stream, simply click on the button and a window will pop up that will show the streaming footage and the comments section on the right. Users can interact by leaving comments or reactions. It is important to note the video will disappear as soon as the broadcast ends and as such details of the account should be noted during the broadcast or the video should be bookmarked.
Certain points on the map will be larger and have a blinking effect, which separates streams that have the most active viewers and could potentially serve as a way to identify the most popular streams. This tool was rolled out in 2016 and means that there’s potential someone will be streaming video of a major incident that would allow VOST teams to gain greater situational awareness of the incident. A similar feature exists on the Twitter Periscope app.
The One Million Tweet Map
The one million tweet map is a social media tool that you can use to visualize tweets and aggregated Twitter data on a world map. By using The one million tweet map you can run searches specifying a search term or a hashtag and quickly find a heatmap. It is free and you can use it to find tweets in a map.
Why use this tool?
The tool maps the last geo-localized tweets delivered by the twitter stream API. Tweets sent without geo-location are not included on the map. This allows users to view tweets from a particular area that they may not have otherwise been aware of. The tool also allows for further break down of tweets. Let’s say that we want to geo-locate all tweets using a given hashtag. The one million tweet map allows users to perform a search and find aggregated data about the subject, for example #DGWeather or just “DGWeather”. This means you can drill down into the map and review the individual tweets and get information about who wrote it, the timestamp and the tweet content.