As I sit here and scramble to write another blog that’s late, I am watching the multiple televisions we have in our office. On them is breaking news coverage of the shooting at the U.S. Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. When tragic events like this happen around the country, I find myself instantly turning to Twitter to see if there is any “updated” information, even though the reporters are live at the scene.
Also we start talking in the office, “How long is it going to take for the agency involved to get out in front of this?” It’s events like this, where the information starts spinning out of control quickly and if no one gets out in front of it, misinformation could be reported. In this situation there were multiple agencies involved given its location, Metro Police, FBI, DHS, ATF, and many more. Almost instantly I check out the Navy’s Twitter feed and was surprised to see accurate updated information. It wasn’t much as the situation was still unfolding, but it was enough, because almost instantly the network news channels started quoting it.
We say it all the time. Small bits of information, not enough to jeopardize any investigation, but even in a fluid, moving situation, the smallest kernels of information is enough to feed the beast.
I’m not sure if five years ago anyone would believe the United States Navy
would be tweeting live. But welcome to the new age in the flow of information.
Our thoughts and prayers to everyone affected by this tragedy.