Twitter Staves Off Isolation for Boston Bloggers
Overnight, there were many developments in the Boston Marathon bombing case. The suspects, who were identified after they robbed a convenience store; carjacked a SUV; attacked and killed a MIT police officer, Sean Collier; and got into a shoot-out when the older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was killed. The younger brother, Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, is on the run and considered by police "armed and extremely dangerous."
Boston is on complete lockdown as the FBI searches for Tsarnaev. Bloggers have taken to Twitter for updates and to stave off the feeling of isolation as the authorities search for the young man. Many of them can't watch the news because they are home with young children. If you're on Twitter and following the news, send some support to our friends in Boston. Twitter can be good and it can be bad in a crisis -- let's make it good this morning.
Beth Kanter retweeted a picture that says a lot:
Marie from Boston Bibliophile tweeted this.
@irisheyz77 apparently there were gunshots literally on the corner of my home last night.— Marie (@bostonbibliophl) April 19, 2013
Christine Koh from Bostonmamas is worried about her mom and siblings.
Tx for concern all. We are OK - close to chaos but inside. But I am fretting as my mom + 3 siblings are square in the manhunt zone. #wth— Boston Mamas (@bostonmamas) April 19, 2013
Casey from Life With Roozle lives in the area and had to ask Twitter why there were low-flying helicopters because she didn't want her child to know what was happening.
@swmama Same here but I can't deal. I slept about 3 hours last night.— Casey (@lifewithRoozle) April 19, 2013
Roxanna Sarmiento (Miguelina) from Everyday Treats isn't in the center of the action, but even nearby is reaching out to Twitter.
Hi! Anyone have a link where I can watch live news? whdh is down for me, and TV isn't an option with the boys.— Roxanna Sarmiento (@miguelina) April 19, 2013
Twitter Feeds to Follow as the Crisis Unfolds
We hear you, Roxanna: Developing news has been especially confusing this week. Here are some Twitter feeds we've been following all week:
Boston Police Department: Community alerts and official advisories, official statements on suspects and progress.
#CommunityAlert: Gov Patrick asks residents to remain safe & inside as search for suspect continues.— Boston Police Dept. (@Boston_Police) April 19, 2013
Andy Carvin: NPR's senior strategist is a seasoned social media journalist skilled at finding sources for Twitter reports.
Looks like @j_tsar is legit. Found him conversing with a guy last year who now's tweeting that he knows the bomber. Also Dartmouth refs.— Andy Carvin (@acarvin) April 19, 2013
Jennifer L. Pozner: Tweeting from Worcester, Massachusetts today, providing context and commentary on news events and social media.
Factless speculation: @mitchellreports: "Likely not a coincidence" bomber became citizen on 9/11. U can't choose own naturalization date!— Jennifer L. Pozner (@jennpozner) April 19, 2013
The Atlantic Wire: Consistently solid news updates and media commentary.
Update: Almost 1 year ago, Dzhokhar tweeted, 'I Will Die Young' in Russian theatln.tc/17L8yhX— The Atlantic Wire (@TheAtlanticWire) April 19, 2013
The Boston Globe:Local Boston coverage, consolidating all official coverage and reporting today from lockdown. they reported, for instance, that a suspect had been taken into custody Tuesday, but they corrected their facts.
State Police warns they will do a controlled explosion of items found in Norfolk Street in Cambridge where the brothers lived.— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) April 19, 2013
Poynter: Resources for journalists and analysis of how the media has been covering the situation.
People, including my own father, have become angry with me when I ask for the TV to be turned off, conversations to be changed or when I simply walk away from something I don’t want to see or hear. Perhaps they see it as sticking my fingers in my ears, shutting my eyes and pretending bad things don’t happen. I know bad things happen, but I also know it will eat me alive if I let it all in at once.
I know there are other people like me, people who need the good in this world to be as loud as the world allows the evil to be.
Is there anyone you know who needs a tweet this morning?