For most news outlets, it’s been a given that a social media presence is becoming more than a promotional tool. It’s also a way to boost reporting. Various sites are starting to find that harnessing the power of the crowd leads to creative and insightful reporting. Here are three news organizations whose experiments could end up as standard practice:
No one would social engineer social media would they?
Today, as authorities seek help with the investigation in Isla Vista, they’re employing a new online and mobile app that designers say was created specifically for this type of situation.
“When the public really wants to catch these bad guys as badly as we do, this is the mechanism,” said Los Angeles Sheriff’s Cmdr. Scott Edson, who helped conceptualize the system in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings. “They can help us by sending us pictures and video.”
Or they could wait a day and everyone would go home. Maybe we ought to start calling it the soviet media, anti-social media, or wisdull of the crowd.