Twitter “became a crucial part of the journalist’s toolkit” after the Boston Marathon bombings, Twitter Data Editor Simon Rogers writes. The Boston Globe used the microblogging service particularly well:
In the midst of a deluge of information over that week, the Globe remained a credible channel of news, sifting through reports to highlight verified and important information. The Globe used Twitter as a news distribution channel tweeting a lot — and retained and enhanced its credibility.
Mentions of the Globe’s content jumped in the days following the blasts:
Seth Mnookin, who reported on the manhunt for bombing suspects on his way home from work, tells Rogers “for those three or four hours when a gunman was on the loose and a neighborhood was under siege, Twitter was the most efficient way to get information out to the public.”