Boston Globe did a good job using Twitter after Marathon bombings, Twitter says

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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."

Related: What it’s been like to cover the Boston manhunt

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at TBD.com and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.

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