A blog about technology from BBC News. The Editors. 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. And now we have the retrospective. Steve Herrmann at the BBC has a post discussing the soul-searching The BBC is now doing after Mumbai. Immediacy Has a Price The software development adage: “You can have your software fast, good, or cheap – pick two.” fits well here.
Immediacy has a price – and it isn’t the “cheap” option. With Mumbai we have an excellent example of a dispersed, confused, stressful situation. People were looking for answers. Acquisition Isn’t the Only Transaction Cost News as a product runs on information. BBC is Introspective. 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.
Mumbai (formerly Bombay) is the capital city of the Indian state of Maharashtra and is India's financial capital. The conversation begins with Binjola and Kudchadkar and continues when Khanna joins the conversation. Commentary: How social media shared pain and rage of Mumbai. 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: “I was one of those Tweeting the terror attacks from my apartment in Mumbai, which was about 8 kms away from the centre of the attacks. When I began tweeting about what I was seeing on tv (yes) and re-tweeting accounts others were talking of from the ground, I don’t think there was any conscious intention for the twitter stream to become a source of citizen journalism. The full piece I wrote for CNN is here - How social media shared pain and rage in Mumbai Update: See Neha’s roundup of posts in criticism of TV reporting during the crisis at Global Voices Online – don’t miss the comments there. And Stuart’s call for counter-intuitive thinking. 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. 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.