The Mumbai attacks prove that citizen journalists could work and report faster than media mainstream. The reason is simple: they are everywhere; they have million of eyes and ears. They are also with their mobile devices — video-camera-equipped phones with the always-on Internet connections.
No wonder we found the Mumbai unrest being captured on Twitter, a popular micro-blogging service. Breaking news on the attacks flooded in on various Twitter feeds, including @Mumbai and @BreakingNewz.
Twitter users form all-around the world are sending in dozens of updates (also known as “tweets”) and condolences each minute, often beating out TV network and mainstream reports.
Instead of switching on the television, many followed the action live on Twitter by searching the site for Mumbai, Bombay and #Mumbai. Twitter reports reportedly appeared hours before the first TV stories.
Photographer Vinukumar Ranganathan has attracted hundreds of thousands of visits to his Flickr photo page where he has published a chilling slideshow depicting the aftermath of the attacks.
Videos were also immediately sent to YouTube showing the most dramatic footage from the MSM coverage of the attacks.
In one video, bystanders dive for cover as gunfire is heard. In another, hostages are rescued from the Taj hotel using a cherry picker as the silhouette – possibly of one of the gunmen – is seen in a nearby window.
The death toll from Wednesday’s coordinated attacks in Mumbai have reached 101. The number of people wounded in the attacks is about 314.
My thoughts to everyone effected by these horrible incidents .