Power to the people! Social media has done it again. After police put Kaufman’s theft case on the back burner the California native took matters into his own hands. Activating the “Hidden” app on his computer he was able to track and even snap photos of the culprit. He began posting the photos on Tumblr, eventually stirring the police into action. Check out the story here.
When Reddit gets stuck on an issue, it can quickly become an internet phenomenon. We saw this happen last week when Redditors took to the forums discussing the “deep web,” the unindexable underbelly of the web where people lurk anonymously. Do a search on Reddit for “deep web” and you’ll find everything from how-to’s to screen shots from explorations. Head over and check out the discussion.
More journalists are using social media to report stories and collect information, but how do you verify content and sources? The Columbia Journalism Review has a useful article that pulls together tips from people with digital media knowledge, including Andy Carvin who is doing some amazing things using social media. If you’re a journalist who wants to report accurate information, this post is worth a read.