For more than two months, 33 men were trapped underground in Chile’s San Jose mine. Afterwards, on October 13, the most extraordinary rescue operations in history lasting 22 hours took place and brought up the miners to the surface again. The incident was attended by overwhelming media coverage worldwide.
People did not only watch the rescue aired on television or via live stream online, but also they shared their opinions and emotions about the event on the Social Web numerously.
Within three days, we gathered 191,995 comments and discussions related to the operations at San Jose mine.
World is involved in Chilean rescue mission
It was indeed a global topic as we captured discussions from loads of different countries – with Chile itself on fourth place (in terms of sheer amount of comments).
Where did people share their emotions?
Many people told their followers on Twitter (Microblog) about the latest actions of the rescue team at San Jose mine or shared links to news sites offering various information on the whole issue like animated explanations of the steel tubing the Chilean rescuers built up or what and when the miners eat. Few discussed – mainly on Social Network sites and below related news articles (Other Media Types) – the widely covered stories about the several mistresses that appeared at Camp Hope and met the wives and families of the miners. Other topics being discussed were the Jesus T-Shirts the miners wore when rescued, how life will change for them, chances on a movie about this historic rescue and the maybe unfair benefits they now most likely will profit from.
Dennis Frieß & Yannick Dischinger
Social Media Analysts @ SocialEyez