Social Media Intel Links
While social media sites have served as valuable Intel sources in the past, the Mumbai attacks demonstrated just how valuable these sites can be for real-time intel. My social media network alerted me before the major media that an attack was underway and throughout the day provided the most insightful raw intelligence available. Here’s a list of sites that came in handy:
Twitter search: Here you can search for keywords as they appear on Twitter. Using the keyword “mumbai” provided a wealth of real-time information. As events develop, users will start tagging a keyword with the # symbol. In this case, #mumbai provided a bit more refined feed.
Mahalo.com – Mahalo had dedicated page that was being updated in real-time with links to other sites and conventional sources.
Flickr.com – Photos were coming in from the attacks in real-time. Many of them were also licensed with Creative Commons which allowed others to use them on their web site as they blogged about the event.
Wikipedia – Like Mahalo, Wikipedia had a dedicated page that was updated in real-time. I just found it to be less organized than Mahalo.
GroundReport - Discovered yesterday, this site was providing some real-time citizen journalist reporting.
YouTube – Had videos being posted by users almost immediately.
SocialMedian – Best described as conversational reporting. Not as much value, but interesting to check out.
FriendFeed – Replicated a lot of what was happening on Twitter, but with actual coversations.
Please leave a comment if you would like to add to the list.
Two articles of interest: