San Francisco riots tracked with social media after Giants win World Series

The MLB World Series 2010 was won last night by the San Francisco Giants in a historic victory over the Texas Rangers. The Giants sealed the series win in the fifth game taking the overall score to 4 games to 1. As you might expect wild celebrations then began in San Francisco but as is often the way, some people go too far and the evening ended up with some scenes of rioting.

In days gone past we relied on news organizations to show and tell us what was going on but in these days of social media people were quick to report on Twitter, Facebook and the like, exactly what was going on. According to Jolie O’Dell over on Mashable fires broke out and vandalism and violence were in evidence. Some people listened to the live stream of the city’s police scanner, while others almost unbelievably used Foursquare to check-in at riots.

There were apparently dangerous and chaotic scenes with police officers being attacked, people being found unconscious and vehicles set on fire, though hopefully by this time the situation will now be under control. People sent in their photographs of what was happening to Twitter and there are some photos and a YouTube video on the Mashable article.

People who sent in tweets reporting acts of vandalism, fires, police action and so on could see these events logged on an interactive map. Others simply logged on to hashtags on Twitter to read tweets about the riots.

For more on this go to mashable.com. We’d be interested to know what you feel about the use of social media with events such as this. Although we can see a use for social media in election coverage for example, the idea of checking-in to riots on Foursquare is surely taking things too far? Why not send us your comments to let us know how you feel about this.

  • http://twitter.com/webbyeasy @webbyeasy

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxFV6ZUIjV0
    Riot Videos filmed by normal people on the streets, theres no point candy coating what happened…

  • http://www.socialmarketingdynamics.com/ Sydney Shore

    I think it's a double edged sword, for one thing, social media is a great tool for tracking important events. But at the same time, this kind of instant relaying of information can be addictive and overwhelming, and it often makes a news hyped up, more than it should. And the way the news is reported nowadays is a bit more dramatic that it should be