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Posts Tagged ‘london riots’

Don’t Understand A Hashtag? What The Trend Has The Answer (But You Might Not Like It)

Hashtags are hard to explain to people who don’t use twitter. But even as an avid twitterer, there are times when I’m wondering who or what people are talking about and why. That’s why I’m grateful for What the Trend. Not only does it give you what’s trending now, it explains them too.
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Twitter, Facebook, Blackberry Bosses ‘Summoned’ Over Role In UK Riots

“The Twitter Funding Bill is passed. The system goes on-line August 4th, 2012. Human decisions are removed from strategic defense. Twitter begins to learn at a geometric rate. It becomes self-aware at 2:14 a.m. Eastern time, August 29th. In a panic, they try to pull the plug.”

The role that social media played in the recent UK riots, which started in London but quickly spread to Manchester, Bristol and other major towns, has seen fevered debate from all sides.

While it’s certainly true that Twitter, Facebook and (notoriously) the Blackberry messenger system did play a part in how many of those involved organised and coordinated their movements, social media was also hugely beneficial in reporting crime, capturing criminals and cleaning up the mess.

Still, this hasn’t stopped a major British MP summoning the heads of Twitter, Facebook and Blackberry to discuss the matter further.

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Twitter Sees All-Time Record Traffic Spike During London Riots

As rioting has continued to spread across London, with the capital seeing a third night of violence that has now started to bleed into other major cities, the British population have been turning to social networking sites for news and updates, with Twitter in particular seeing an enormous uptake in traffic.

Indeed, UK visits to Twitter yesterday were so frequent that a new all-time record has been set.

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