Who Broke the News of the Boston Marathon Bombing?
News travels at the speed of light in social media, both figuratively and literally. Two bombs exploded at approximately 2:50 p.m. EDT on April 15th, 2013 in Boston. On Twitter, reports of the bombing materialized in real time. Below is a chronology of tweets that "broke the news."
- It was an uneventful Spring day in Boston. An Ethopian runner had just won the Boston Marathon at around noon.
- At 2:50, an eyewitness takes a photo of fire and smoke down the street. Dan Lampariello (@Boston_to_a_T) uploads this photo to his twitter account, a minute after the bomb exploded.
- Reuters' social media editor for Anthony De Roas (@AntDeRosa) retweets the photo 8 minutes later.
- 1 minute: Another eyewitness George Scoville @stackiii tweets about an explosion. It gets only 83 retweets, and a few replies from incredulous and concerned friends of his.
- 4 minutes: another eyewitness Tyler Wakstein @theoriginalwak tweets this photo.
- 6 minutes: Reuters was the first major news agency to tweet the breaking story. It got over 1,000 retweets.
- 6 minutes: A TV news producer in London tweeted reports of the explosion.
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