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How Do You Detect B.S. On Social Networks?

BOSTON — The Times Square subway station suffered from severe flooding during Hurricane Irene. Steve Jobs died. The London Eye is on fire.

What does all this have in common? They’re all pieces of false information that were spread over Twitter. With lots of real news spreading like wildfire over social media, it is inevitable that false news spreads over Twitter too, and it does.

The Huffington Post‘s Mandy Jenkins and Regret the Error‘s Craig Silverman held a session at the Online News Association Conference here on Friday afternoon with the goal of preventing the participants from falling into a trap. (Slides from the presentation are available here.) Read more

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.

More Social Media Resources for Bad Weather

This week’s spate of bad weather — the upcoming Hurricane Irene and the Virginia earthquake — made one thing even more crystal clear: People are turning to traditional news sources less and less for information. Instead of flocking to the Weather Channel to see how a storm progresses, people are logging onto social media sites and getting up-to-the second news. (A new American Red Cross survey also shows more people use social media in emergencies.)

“Social media is becoming an integral part of disaster response,” Wendy Harman, director of social strategy for the American Red Cross, told Healthcare IT News.

Twitter and Facebook both had huge increases in traffic after this week’s earthquake. Twitter reported that within a minute of the earthquake, there were more than 40,000 related tweets. Our sister site, All Facebook, documented the reaction on Facebook.

But those are the typical social media sites to tune into. Here are a couple more you should consider checking out. Read more

Tweeting Under Fire: A Conversation With Storyful’s Mark Little

Mark LittleMainstream news reports about the ongoing turmoil in the Middle East increasingly draw on tweets, home videos and pictures from local eyewitnesses.

One site many journos rely on for this type of reporting is Storyful, which monitors activists and local citizens who use Twitter to coordinate, distribute aid and spread news.

“Twitter is the place where conversations and communities develop out of these events,” says Storyful founder Mark Little. “There are people who say things like, ‘Hearing reports of protest on this square, in Damascus,’ and someone comes back and says, ‘No, no, that protest has moved to another square.’”

The online community around the story is the gateway to eyewitnesses, so Storyful compiles Twitter lists for different countries and regions of people who are reliable in crises.

“It comes down a lot to networks that you trust over time,” Little says. Read more