A blog about technology from BBC News. Twitter - the Mumbai myths Rory Cellan-Jones 1 Dec 08, 16:03 GMT It has quickly become the received wisdom amongst new and old media commentators - Twitter came of age last week during the Mumbai terror attacks.
It is true that the micro-blogging service did provide vast amounts of information, at breakneck speed, about a confusing and rapidly changing series of events. Here are the first messages I found on Twitter, starting at 16.47 London time, some time before the mainstream media started reporting the attacks. The Editors. There's been discussion of the role played by Twitter in the reporting of the Mumbai attacks and of the way that we made use of it on the BBC News website.
During the crisis, we monitored this microblogging service, along with the material being filed by our own reporters and a wide range of other sources, and referenced or linked to all of these on a "live updates" page as the events unfolded. Our aim with these pages (we did something similar during the US election) is to provide news, analysis, description and comment in short snippets as soon as it becomes available. It is a running account, where we are making quick judgments on and selecting what look like the most relevant and informative bits of information as they come in, rather than providing the more considered version of events we are able to give in our main news stories of the day.
All this helped to build up a rapidly evolving picture of a confusing situation. Should we have checked this before reporting it? Mumbai, The BBC, and Why Immediacy Isn’t All That. The Mumbai Terrorist event has clearly shown us that we have moved to a culture of immediate news consumption.
We thought we were there with CNN, but Twitter and other tools have shown that the immediacy was no longer in the viewing – it’s now in the data collection. All major news services were monitoring Twitter during Mumbai. They were taking advantage of a new information source, just like the rest of us. Some of this worked well, some did not. Mumbai attacks: residents unite in 'Black Badge' movement. IndiaTalks: Ideas for a Better India. Conversation about Mumbai and Terrorism. SJSU Indian Student, Faculty and Alumnus Discuss Mumbai AttacksEdupodder Podcast Episode 32A campus perspective from San Jose State UniversityOn December 3, 2008 San Jose State University student Ruchi Binjola, SJSU History Lecturer Rajiv Khanna and SJSU graduate Kamlesh Kudchadkar discuss the recent bombings in Mumbai, India with SJSU Journalism Lecturer Steve Sloan.
Commentary: How social media shared pain and rage of Mumbai. By Dina Mehta Special to CNN Editor's note: Dina Mehta is an ethnographer, social media consultant and blogger based in Mumbai, India.
Her personal blog is Conversations with Dina. She has contributed to building several communities on the Internet, such as Worldchanging, Tsunami Help, KatrinaHelp, SkypeJournal and Global Voices Online. Dina Mehta says social networks channeled the sadness and rage of the attacks into action. MUMBAI, India (CNN) -- I celebrated my 42nd birthday on November 26. My first reaction was to switch on the TV and simultaneously go online to Twitter. There was a lot of confusion, anger and sadness as we witnessed together parts of our city go up in flames -- icons and symbols that stand for the Bombay I grew up in. Many of us didn't sleep much that night. Twitter is a social tool where social networking meets blogging.
We didn't feel alone anymore or scared. A whole lot of questions are being asked about whether the Twitter #mumbai feed was citizen journalism or not.
Many ‘sides’ are emerging in this debate. I found this post (thru’ a tweet by @MaryHodder) which asks How Should Journalists Use Twitter? I’m not so sure it’s the right question to be asking … here’s what I said in a comment there: Mumbai. Mumbai Fights. » Twitter: Lessons from Mumbai#comment-14789. As a news junkie, and one with an interest in global terrorism, I was glued to my computer monitor for a large part of the almost 60-hour siege at the historic Taj Hotel in Mumbai and the related terror attacks.
I had NDTV from New Delhi in one browser window; CNN/IBN streaming in another. And, of course, I was closely following the conversation on Twitter. In the process, I learned some new Twitter tricks to share with you here. 1. Advanced Search Leads to Eyewitnesses With a huge volume of tweets adopting #mumbai as a hashtag, it was hard to sift the wheat from the chaff–or as my tech friends would say, the noise to signal ratio was way too high. Go to — now, see the small type to the right of the Search button that says Advanced Search? I used this feature to search for Twitter users located within 15 km of Mumbai. Click the thumbnail at left to see a screenshot of the Advanced Search form with the input parameters. Commentary: How social media shared pain and rage of Mumbai. By Dina Mehta Special to CNN Editor's note: Dina Mehta is an ethnographer, social media consultant and blogger based in Mumbai, India.
Her personal blog is Conversations with Dina. She has contributed to building several communities on the Internet, such as Worldchanging, Tsunami Help, KatrinaHelp, SkypeJournal and Global Voices Online.