Tuesday, April 16, 2013


Twitter Blast 
“[I]nformation about the blasts spread more quickly on social media than through traditional news outlets. ‘I was first notified to the event by my daughter, who was on Twitter, and that was before it came out on CNN,’ said Anthony C. Roman, president of a security consulting firm in New York. . . .

“That way of instantly spreading information far beyond the affected area also builds an online community around such events that can cross state and national borders. On Monday afternoon, #BostonMarathon quickly became a trending hashtag on Twitter.

“‘If I’m here in Washington DC, and I’m on Twitter and can demonstrate my empathy, it helps create this idea of resolve or community solidarity with people who are there on the ground in a way that uni-dimensional media doesn’t do,’ said [Bill Braniff, Executive Director of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Response to Terrorism]. . . . 

“‘I get a greater sense of unity—the we is a much bigger we,’ he said.”

—Dan Gilgoff & Jane Lee, Social Media Shapes Boston Bombings Response: Twitter and Facebook created national response, may help authorities,” National Geographic, April 15, 2013. Image: The image of Bill Iffrig, 78, of Lake Stephens, WA, who fell as he was passing the blast site, 15 feet from the Marathon finish, went viral. Story.
• Editorial Comment: I heard the news today, oh boy.

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