When historians come to tell the tale of how the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the world, our social media posts will be at the story’s centre.
Queensland University of Technology researchers have had a cut at the first draft by analysing more than 2.8 million Australian tweets in the first 100 days of the virus.
The hashtag trends show the twittersphere was well ahead of the Federal Government in calling for a shutdown of mass gatherings.
While much of Australia was still going about business as usual, Twitter trends went from #flattenthecurve to #stayhome.
Associate Professor Daniel Angus says social media provides us with a never-before-seen window into the experiences of the Australian population during this time.
“As people settled into lockdown, Twitter came alive as they turned to the arts online to entertain, alleviate boredom, and educate themselves and their children,” he said.
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