Social Media: Handle with Care

It’s been more than 36 hours that India’s financial capital Mumbai is under seize. In the ongoing battle with the terrorists in one of the biggest terrorist attacks on India ever,  Mumbai has demonstrated “citizen journalism“, in the real sense. While the role of social media and its contribution in the current situation cannot be denied but there’s more to it than just that.

What’s true and what’s not ?
What’s original and what’s not ?
Whose genuine and whose not ?

A cursory glance at #mumbai tells us it’s all happening on the web but lets try to not add more noise and rumor

1) Spread something without verifying the source
2) Spread hate against someone or a community
3) Spread information that could be used negatively
4) Say something just for the sake of saying

“social media dispenses gossip as well as truth, see the mumbai stream on twitter search” –  GregoryLent

List of Terror Victims

Critical Take:
Mumbai: flash mob or social media in action?

Tracking a Rumor:
Indian Government, Twitter and Common Sense

Code of Ethics for journalists:

Various shades of Tweets:

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6 thoughts on “Social Media: Handle with Care

  1. Majento

    Well said Mayank, i totally agree, i see too many careless messages/tweets.
    Btw, the list of victims is horrible, i mean the fact you can see it been edited live, usually a great feature when your’e sharing work with others, in this context it gives me the creeps. I wonder who is publishing this Doc.

  2. mayank

    Ya, I guess its one of the aspects of citizen journalism when people add a lot of noise by posting same, false and useless information there by taking the quality of news down.

    I think I too need to find out who is editing the Doc.

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  4. Tim Malbon

    Totally agree Mayank. And thank you for your comment on my blog post about Twitter’s Mumbai coverage. I’ve now followed up that post with another in which I propose some ways of making Twitter more useful for the specific circumstances around ‘live’, developing events like the Mumbai terror assault. What a tragic and hideous even it has been – our hearts go out to all those who have lost friends, relatives and loved ones.

    The link to the new post “Bring on the #moron filter” is

    Please let me know what you think,



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