Instead of calling or emailing friends to share my shock of the shootings on the Virginia Tech campus, I found myself using Twitter and blog posts instead. I realized that Web 2.0 technology has become my favored communication medium.
I was not suprised to see that the Virginia Tech students also favored Web 2.0 technology. MTV News provided a listing of the mediums used by the students including blogs, LiveJournal blog, MySpace (here, here), private pictures on a Flickr, discussion groups on Facebook, Fark message board and a collection of e-mails.
There are constant debates about whether technologies like MySpace are safe or not. But this is an example of how those technologies can also be a positive force to help share stories.
Related Blog Posts:
From Techmeme (check the site for a full listing along with related discussion links):
Internet Names The Wrong Killer, Kevin Poulsen from "Threat Level" – Wired Blog Network
Journalists Look to Bloggers for Virgina Tech Story, by Daniel Terdiman, CNET News.com
Cell Phones Provide Coverage of Virginia Tech Shootings, Bloggers Blog
Moblie Phone Journalism at Virginia Tech, Dan Gillmor – Center for Citizen Media