Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Londoners respond to riots with #RiotCleanup and… CatchaLooter

Social amplification

But the picture that is emerging in London is that the private group messaging available on BlackBerry Messaging was almost certainly useful for spreading ‘targets’ for the riots, while Twitter and Facebook became an amplifier once a incident had got going, drawing others in. That’s attracted a statement by the Police that anyone inciting violence on social networks will have to deal with the authorities.

Well, just as looters have used tech to co-ordinate, Londoners have resorted to their own methods of reacting to the situation in a crowd-sourced manner.

Londoners respond to riots with #RiotCleanup and… CatchaLooter

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