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61Fresh Aggregates Boston-Related News, As Tweeted By Boston Residents

61Fresh Aggregates Boston-Related News, As Tweeted By Boston Residents

Created by the Boston Globe’s R&D group and funded by a Knight Foundation grant, 61Fresh is a crowd-driven news aggregator that uniquely utilizes Bostonians’ tweets to source and rank stories by popularity.

Dan McLaughlin, from the @globelab team, told Twitter,

“Our primary goal is to highlight Boston news that Bostonians are talking about. So we follow Twitter users in the Boston metro area, and look at the links they’re tweeting.”

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Newswires Still Beat Twitter When It Comes To Breaking News [STUDY]

Scientists at the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow developed a software algorithm to track Twitter activity, which they used to study 51 million tweets over 11 weeks in summer 2011 and compare with output from news outlets for the same period.

The results? Twitter only breaks news before newswires “in rare incidences,” but for major events the researchers found little evidence that Twitter can replace traditional news outlets.

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Hot Twitter Topic: Revising Tweets

If you followed the Boston Marathon news last week on Twitter, you likely read lots of false information.

Many users tweeted the name of one “suspect” who wasn’t and there were endless “this is happening now!” assertions about events that (again) weren’t, from folks listening to scanners.

As a result, there a few red faces this week, embarrassed they tweeted such things – and kind of angry, it seems, at Twitter.

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