Do You Trust Twitter News Alerts?

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From Mona Nomura at Louis Gray’s blog.

Yesterday morning, a disturbing Tweet in ALL CAPS from @BreakingNewsOn caught my eye. It read something amongst the lines of: “EXPLOSION IN DOWNTOWN MANHATTAN”. Since I live in Manhattan, this Tweet was particularly relevant to me so I did the first thing any Internet savvy person would do. I Googled. But there was recent no news pertaining to “explosion + Manhattan”. I went back to Twitter to double check the Tweet.

It was gone.

My rule of thumb on breaking news on Twitter is to google-fu it until I find a reference somewhere else.

I used to have a news director say to me when I was younger, “If your mother tells you she loves you, check it out with two different sources.”

I do.

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