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Twitter and the riots: how the news spread by James Ball and Paul Lewis

Twitter and the riots: how the news spread by James Ball and Paul Lewis | Twit4D | Scoop.it

An in-depth analysis of a database of more than 2.6m riot-related tweets has revealed the ways in which the network was used during the disturbances. "Politicians and commentators were quick to claim that social media played an important role in inciting and organising riots, calling for sites such as Twitter to be closed should events of this nature happen again. But our study has found no evidence of significance in the available data that would justify such a course of action in respect to Twitter," said Prof Rob Procter of the University of Manchester, who led a team of academics conducting the analysis

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How the English rioters used social media by Ben Kape...

The UK riots of 2011 were notable partly because of the way they were organised. Here, rioters reveal how they used technology, spreading news of the disturbances via social media. More influential than websites such as Facebook or Twitter was the BlackBerry Messenger system, built into BlackBerry handsets and free to use

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200 most influential Twitter users during the riots: are you on the list? by Lisa Evans

200 most influential Twitter users during the riots: are you on the list? by Lisa Evans | Twit4D | Scoop.it
The Guardian has obtained a database of more than 2.5m twitter messages related to the riots.

These messages - unique records of what happened during the August riots, as they happened - have been used in a range of analyses, including how rumours spread and were eventually debunked.

At the Datablog we have been able to identify the twitter accounts that had the most content retweeted. We also found the most frequently-used hashtags.

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Facebook, Twitter, RIM Meet For Riot Talks With U.K. Government by Jill Lawless

Facebook, Twitter, RIM Meet For Riot Talks With U.K. Government by Jill Lawless | Twit4D | Scoop.it
LONDON — More than two weeks after riots, Britain's government and police met social media executives Thursday to discuss how to prevent their services from being used to plot violence.
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Twitter traffic during the riots by John Burn-Murdoch...

Twitter traffic during the riots by John Burn-Murdoch... | Twit4D | Scoop.it
The Guardian has compiled a unique database of more than 2.5m tweets related to the riots, showing that the majority of surging social media traffic occurred after the first verified reports of incidents in an area...
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Riot rumours: how misinformation spread on Twitter during a time of crisis by the Guardian

Riot rumours: how misinformation spread on Twitter during a time of crisis by the Guardian | Twit4D | Scoop.it

A period of unrest can provoke many untruths, an analysis of 2.6 million tweets suggests. But Twitter is adept at correcting misinformation - particularly if the claim is that a tiger is on the loose in Primrose Hill

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Occupy Together: how the global movement is spreading via social media by Hannah Waldram

Occupy Together: how the global movement is spreading via social media by Hannah Waldram | Twit4D | Scoop.it
At the beginning of October last year Malcolm Gladwell wrote in the New Yorker that activism via social media was no more than "weak-tie connections" which "makes it easier for activists to express themselves, and harder for that expression to have any impact".

One year on, with #arabspring uprisings changing governments in north Africa and #OccupyWallStreet drawing the attention of senior Republicans and Democrats, the #globaldemocracy movement is gaining momentum via Twitter and Facebook. Now protests are planned for Saturday in four continents, I wonder if Gladwell will rethink the power of social networked activism. full map: http://map.15october.net/

 

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