—Uses and Gratifications theory explains that a
person uses a particular kind of media because of the
satisfaction a person can get from it. Applied in social media,
the current research aims to understand the usefulness of
Twitter to the students during typhoon. A total of 124 students
from the Intramuros-based schools were selected through a
non-probability-purposive sampling. A descriptive analysis
was used to measure the answers to a 47-item questionnaire.
They are motivated to use Twitter during typhoon to
communicate with their family and friends. The current
research found that students use Twitter more whenever there
is a typhoon. Students use their mobile phones in logging in to
their accounts. The current research also found that Twitter is
the students first source of information regarding typhoons
and the top information seek by students on Twitter is the
announcement of class suspension.
—Twitter, disaster communication, motivation,
Kriselle C. Paladin, Kris Anne Jansen R. Ramos, and Rowena
Capulong-Reyes are with the Colegio de San Juan de Letran (e-mail:
Cite: Kriselle C. Paladin, Kris Anne Jansen R. Ramos, and Rowena Capulong-Reyes, " “Meron o Wala”: A Study on the Usefulness of Twitter during Typhoon as Perceived by the Students of the Selected Intramuros-Based Schools," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 130-133, 2015.