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    Twitter provides latest news on Bangkok political violence

    Twitter provides latest news on Bangkok political violence
    May 19, 5:34

    Tourists and expats in Bangkok turned to Twitter on Wednesday for the latest news on clashes between the Thai army and political protesters.

    English-speakers used their smart phones and laptops to access Twitter and find out which streets were safe from the violence.

    A simple search for #Bangkok provided a steady stream of tweets on Wednesday.

    Many tweets were first-hand accounts posted by journalists, expats and other Bangkok residents.

    "For foreigners living or visiting Thailand and who don't understand the language, Twitter was a life-line for them during the protests and the sometimes violent clashes between the red shirts and the Thai army," said expat Richard Barrow in a website post.

    "...Some people say that Twitter comes into its own during revolutions and natural disasters. And they are probably right. Twitter was perfect for both reporting and receiving the news about the Red Shirt protests.”

    http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-2...tical-violence

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    Re: Twitter provides latest news on Bangkok political violence

    Thanks for cutting it off right before it mentions my name Richard.

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    Re: Twitter provides latest news on Bangkok political violence

    Sorry, and congratulations for the website you did too!

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    Re: Twitter provides latest news on Bangkok political violence

    Jerome why did you choose to reveal your identity this way? I am puzzled.

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    Re: Twitter provides latest news on Bangkok political violence

    Quote Originally Posted by Betti View Post
    Jerome why did you choose to reveal your identity this way? I am puzzled.
    For some reason my real name was on my Twitter account- I don't really know why, I must have done that when I first opened it a long time ago.
    That must be where the reporter got it from. I usually use an avatar online so was a bit surprised to see it.

    Why? do you think it is a mistake to reveal it?
    Seeing Richard's real name posted all over the place made me think that it couldn't be that bad I suppose.

    Mow I don't know if I should just go with my real name on stuff I do or not...

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    Re: Twitter provides latest news on Bangkok political violence

    Some of the stuff being tweeted in Thai was fantastic too. A lot of people were saying follow the foreign journalists for the real news, but I think in some ways there are limitations to what they can see.

    The people who saw absolutely everything were the workers from the rescue and paramedic foundations, as they were stationed at the front lines and could move in and out relatively freely. One Thai guy, who spent one night trapped at the Red frontline after leaving work, was passing on a lot of information that came from the rescue workers and he also spent time at one of the radio centers. It was incredible at times because he would say something was happening and then 10 or 20 minutes later it would start appearing in other tweets or on the TV news.

    Very good work by all who were out there tweeting events as they saw them.

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    Re: Twitter provides latest news on Bangkok political violence

    I would like to thank Richard for all the news he has provided throughout this very sad time.

    As someone outside Thailand, his tweets and more detailed updates on this forum (and those from many others) have an invaluable source of reliable information.

    Thanks Richard and all the contributors in Thailand.

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    Re: Twitter provides latest news on Bangkok political violence

    Quote Originally Posted by Betti View Post
    Jerome why did you choose to reveal your identity this way? I am puzzled.
    What is his identity???? Sorry I have missed something?

    Mouserkm

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    Re: Twitter provides latest news on Bangkok political violence

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerome View Post
    Seeing Richard's real name posted all over the place made me think that it couldn't be that bad I suppose.
    Using your real name you are accountable for everything you write. Which is why I use my name. But it has a downside as you have to be careful of the "couch critics". You really need a thick skin sometimes.

    I have found a few more articles about role of Twitter in the recent conflict. Please add more if you can find them:

    YouTube, Twitter revolutionize coverage of Thai crisis http://goo.gl/tgVq

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    Re: Twitter provides latest news on Bangkok political violence

    This is Mark MacKinnon's article about the 19th in which he mentions how Twitter was able to save lives at Wat Patum. And a collection of his tweets during the whole period:
    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/...rticle1575108/
    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/...rticle1573974/

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