1. Another angle is my own Crikey piece, Twitter: enabling the new global rubberneckers.

    And, if you want to take another tangential journey, there’s a report today that vigilante-minded folks have published the identity of the suspected arsonist online, unaware of such legal niceties as suppression orders and contempt of court laws. Last year I wrote about this in the context of another legal case.

    Stilgherrian’s last blog post..Conroy announces filter-trial ISPs and clams shut

  2. Hi Laurel. I did post something last week (how to help and a second thank you post) and I really, really hope I didn’t offend or disrespect anyone affected by the fires by doing so. Writing a post based on need seemed to be a good idea at the time, because friends and organisations (not on Twitter) were trying to figure out ways to help. I saw some innovative ways other people were helping out, and I simply wanted to share some of that information. Email them often or blog it and make a couple of updates?

    The last thing I felt like blogging about last week was my usual flippant ramblings. I was deeply saddened. Yes, I did turn the TV off most of the week because I felt some journos were being too intrusive (like the examples you describe – shoving a microphone in a tent to wake up sleeping 18month old)and it upset me too much after hearing some of the stories from friends in bushfire affected areas. I just felt that providing a quick information source for positive action would be a good thing. My bad???

  3. I was in country Victoria for the bushfires Laurel; you’re right when you say no one in their right might would be twittering through a disaster, but plenty of people had their handy cams out! Such a shame though that the government and telcos don’t have a reliable mobile Internet system in place to give better, more accurate warnings to people on the run, or away from their keyboards…

    1. Also a shame is that Twitter is supposed to be a social network on the mobile – it’s APIs mean it’s most used on the move (in the US and Europe). We don’t have a service provider set up anymore, so we can’t SMS in and out locally (I remember when we did, I got SMS updates every few minutes in some cases).

      Imagine Twitter as a purely mobile social network, and the power to sign up and get updates from all sorts of fire observers.

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