Twitter and the Riots
As people suggest closing down social media sites to stop rioters, here's what I saw on Twitter during the riots.
As the riots raged across London last night, people thought of ways to help the vulnerable people in their communities, using social media to spread the word. Calls were put out to give support to the elderly...
- — RunwayMedical (@RunwayMedical)Tue, Aug 09 2011 02:03:25
- — hugefoodlover (@hugefoodlover)Tue, Aug 09 2011 01:39:43
- — louisebolotin (@louisebolotin)Mon, Aug 08 2011 14:17:24
- People who were nervous reached out across the internet to friends, families, followers, even strangers, and received love, reassurance and virtual hugs from all over the world.
- — katya_noctis (@katya_noctis)Mon, Aug 08 2011 21:19:27
- — Miss_1D_TW (@Miss_1D_TW)Mon, Aug 08 2011 14:40:01*Virtual hug* to every one effected by the riot!! please stay safe, i've probably never met any of you but i still care xxx #muchlove
- The people I saw weren't trying to start riots on Twitter. Well, maybe some of them...
- — Lollykittypants (@Lollykittypants)Tue, Aug 09 2011 03:31:21RT @mikebennionrowe: I am going to start Manchester's cuddle-riot. Everyone in Manchester just randomly hug the first person you see at 6pm
When dawn broke and the streets were littered with debris from the night's carnage, people on Twitter and Facebook set to work cleaning up London. The #riotcleanup hashtag was launched, with a website too, and a new wave of gangs took to the streets - gangs of volunteers with brooms and binbags taking back their communities.
- — librarian_kate (@librarian_kate)Tue, Aug 09 2011 04:27:39
- Even the wombles came out!
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