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Virginia Tech Paper Uses Twitter to Publish Updates on Shooting Emergency

Using Twitter, Virginia Tech’s College Newspaper Kept on Publishing – NYTimes.com During the shooting in 2007, Virginia Tech’s Collegiate Times did not have a tool for publishing real-time updates and informing fellow students about what they had reported. On Thursday, the newspaper’s Twitter account, @collegiatetimes, was providing updates every few minutes, quickly becoming a source […]

TSA Holiday Ditty: Grandma Got Molested at the Airport

Here’s hoping TSA has a sense of humor in the stressful holiday travel season.

Drug cartels behead another blogger but bloggers unite

Blogger on cartel beheading – Cannot kill us all : Homeland Security News Another blogger has been decapitated, purportedly in retaliation for postings about drug cartels, prompting users of social network sites to unite in their stance against the gangs.

Social Media Accounts of Violence in Cairo Challenge Official Narrative

Social Media Accounts of Violence in Cairo Challenge Official Narrative – NYTimes.com Although Egypt’s prime minister, Essam Sharaf, hinted darkly that the violence had been orchestrated as part of a foreign plot to inflame sectarian tensions, some witnesses to the mayhem claimed in accounts posted on social media Web sites that the military had used […]

Napolitano Writes about DHS "Study in the States" Initiative

The Blog @ Homeland Security: Helping the Best and Brightest Study in the States By Janet Napolitano (The Blog @ Homeland Security) Today I visited the University of Wisconsin – Madison to announce an important new initiative to help streamline the international student visa process and encourage foreign students to study and lawfully remain in […]

Category 5 coverage for a Category 1 storm–crying wolf is dangerous

Category 5 coverage for a Category 1 storm–crying wolf is dangerous | Crisisblogger Is there any doubt that the overwhelming inclination of major media outlets in today’s hyper-competitive environment is to put ratings above responsibility? Survival is at stake. The problem is that as the coverage of Irene makes clear, lives are also at stake. […]

Govt Risk Communicators on the Need for Social Media

Why Crisis Communication Needs to Include Social Media, Now | A Desk is a Dangerous Place   Chris Battle, a former U.S. Department of Homeland Security Public Affairs Director, basically scores the event Crowdsourcing 100, Government 0. In his post “After Earthquake, DC Government Needs Lesson in Social Media” he says if they don’t adapt, they […]

After Earthquake, DC Government Needs Lesson in Social Media

Ever tried to get on Twitter only to find that frustrating white whale floating in a sea of blue with the message that the network is overcrowded and you should come back later? In the social media world, this is known as the Fail Whale. During yesterday’s mini emergency in Washington, when a 5.8 earthquake shook the city and sent scared and confused folks fleeing from buildings, we experienced a Fail Whale on the part of the Washington DC, government. Increasingly, citizens aren’t turning to government officials for disaster management but to one another. And they’re doing it through social media.

Post VA, DC Earthquake, After Action Report Required

One of the best descriptions of what it is like to work in Washington, DC, can be summed up with the old canard, “After all is said and done, there will be a lot more said than done.” I have every confidence that will be the situation following the earthquake we experienced early Tuesday afternoon. Less than 24 hours from the event, it is presumptuous to draw final conclusions, but there are some things that need to be addressed immediately.

BART Transit Police Learn Wrong Lesson of Social Media

The Bay Area Transit Police, amusingly known as BART, show that law enforcement still doesn’t understand the value — and challenges — of social media. The police force reacted to planned flash mobs by shutting down cell phone service in the BART stations. Hey, if you can’t talk to one another, how are you going to organize, right? Thank God BART wasn’t around when the Founding Fathers were trying to hammer out the U.S. Constitution. Perhaps the transit agency would have drummed the unruly bastards out of Philadelphia before they could dream up the First Amendment.