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Social media on “Social media case study”

Social media influence

  • Texting, instant messaging  and Tweet Ups contributed to huge post-game crowds downtown
  • Social media fanned the flames of the riot through text, video and photo sharing; instant messaging; tweets; e-mails; and live posts by citizens and journalists
  • Vancouver police used live Tweets to encourage public to report crimes via Crime Stoppers and other resources
  • VPD police suggested text messages be used to report crime tips: ‘BCTIP’ to 274637
  • Mob mentality and the presence of media, thousands of cell phone cameras, video cams and other cameras seemed to encourage escalating violence
  • Bystanders were egging on drunken youths, encouraging damage, vandalism, and looting
  • Many of the mostly-young people committing crimes seemed to be further encouraged by the celebrity; most were not concerned or failed to recognize they were being captured on all kinds of cameras and social media.
  • Facebook and Twitter  up to date on the latest breaking news
  • Social media was used by friends and relatives to let others know they were okay
  • Facebook was used to let people know that various bridges were shut down and give alternate routes
  • Twitter was used by the mayor to give status updates
  • Hospitals were using Twitter to tell the public they were at capacity and not to come in
  • Spread rumors of a death
  • City of Vancouver newsroom with news releases and instructions for volunteer cleanup
  • Vancouver Police Department newsroom with news releases and instructions for citizens to submit video and photos of vandalism and crime for police investigation
  • Mainstream media news coverage of the riot, the cleanup and of the embarrassment playing on national and global media
  • Extensive blogging and analysis by residents and bloggers near and far
  • Flickr features hundreds of dramatic photo uploads
  • Twitter coverage continues minute by minute and trends on several related topics
  • Numerous Facebook walls suggest visitors identify pictures and video of those committing crimes; a lynch mob mentality seems to prevail in many comments
  • Full page newspaper ads run in both daily newspapers by pop singer and Vancouver resident Michael Buble and The Bay department store, each thanking volunteers and encouraging pride in the city
  • YouTube video clips of the riot are receiving tens of thousands of views; several have more than 130,000 views already
  • Mainstream media and their social media sites continue coverage and post-riot analysis
  • Some of the blog posts are as passionate and well-written as any journalism anywhere
  • Police continue to use social media for investigation
  • Some riot participants have posted online apologies publicly or anonymously and others have begun turning themselves in to police
  • The Bay department store held a free morning pancake breakfast to thank cleanup volunteers who were invited through social media
  • The latest development has been a series of widely-circulated public apologies in both mainstream and social media. The efforts have drawn applause and criticism as well as the expected deluge of vigilante-type comments.

Cloning – Reblogs and retweets

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Alpha version of proposed Social Media Timeline

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Unprecedented Moment in History and Social Media

Wikipedia Entry – Social Media Section – 2011 Stanley Cup Riot

Wikipedia Entry – VPD warns online community not to take justice into their own hands

VPD warns of vigilante justice caused by “FacebookJustice Effect”

The mob mentality has moved into cyberspace for the first time

  • Christopher Schneider, a UBC sociologist and expert in criminology and social media, said the massive online reaction to the Vancouver riots is unprecedented and potentially as groundbreaking as WikiLeaks.
  • “There will be a lot of fallout, and we will probably see a lot of case law coming out of this.”
  • It will also, perhaps, change the way citizens move in the virtual world, forever. “The mob mentality has moved into cyberspace for the first time.”

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Example Social Media Timeline

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Wikipedia Entry Vancouver Riot – June 18, 2011

The group that flipped the first car is the same group that was chanting “Let’s go riot, let’s go riot” early in the first period of the game. [National Post, June 18, 2011. page A25, Jennifer Kennedy, Vancouver]. The riot began to take shape at the last five minutes of the third period of the hockey game, with some spectators throwing objects at the large screens at the viewing area. By 7:30pm, pockets of activity began to take hold as various fans and people in attendance began setting fire to Boston Bruin flags.[1] Soon afterwards, rioters overturned and set fire to two vehicles in front of the main Canada Post headquarters, and there were reports of similar car fires in a nearby car park. In total, 15 cars were burned, including two police cars. Windows were smashed in various department stores, a bank and many businesses along the West Georgia corridor. One man was taken to hospital in critical condition after he attempted to jump from the Georgia Viaduct onto another platform and fell.[5] Police say several fans wearing Canucks attire poured seven jerrycans filled with gasoline over a black Honda Civic parked in front of the stadium.[citation needed] In a nearby parking lot, two Vancouver Police squad cars were also set on fire.[6][7][8][9] Several hundred attendants were attempting to leave after a showing of the Broadway musical Wicked but were trapped and remained inside the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, which was situated in the riot zone.[10][11] By midnight, the majority of the crowd had dispersed. The Vancouver Police Department made well over 100 arrests during the riot. 85 people were arrested for breach of peace, eight for public intoxication and eight for breaking and entering, assault or theft.[4]

  1. ^ a b “CTV British Columbia – From bad to brutal: Timeline of a riot – CTV News”. 2007-12-31. Retrieved 2011-06-17.
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  3. ^ a b Posted: Jun 16, 2011 10:59 AM ET (1994-06-14). “A tale of two riots Comparing the 1994 and 2011 Stanley Cup riots in Vancouver CBC June 16, 2011”. Retrieved 2011-06-16.
  4. ^ a b c “2011 Stanley Cup riot “worse” than 1994″. Retrieved 2011-06-17.
  5. ^ Fournier, Suzanne (2010-11-30). “St. Paul’s ER swamped by injured”. Retrieved 2011-06-18.
  6. ^ Mike Hager, Andrea Woo, Adrienne Tanner (June 16, 2011). “Downtown Vancouver rocked by Stanley Cup post-game riot”. Vancouver Sun. Retrieved June 16, 2011.
  7. ^ “Angry Canucks fans set cars ablaze, fling bottles after loss”. Toronto Star. The Canadian Press. 16 June 2011. Retrieved 16 June 2011.
  8. ^ Meiszner, Peter (15 June 2011). “Chaos in downtown Vancouver after losing Stanley Cup”. Global News. Retrieved 16 June 2011.
  9. ^ Austin, Ian; Cooper, Sam; Douziech, Sarah; Chan, Cheryl (15 June 2011). “Car flipped over and torched near Canada Post building”. The Province. Retrieved 16 June 2011.
  10. ^ Canada. “Bystanders share experiences of Vancouver riots after Stanley Cup loss”. The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2011-06-17.
  11. ^ Gold, Kerry (2011-06-17). “Singer Bublé launches ad campaign to identify rioters”. Retrieved 18 June 2011.
  12. ^ a b “Vancouver police arrest nearly 100 in riot”. (CBC News). 2011-06-16. Retrieved 16 June 2011.
  13. ^ By the CNN Wire Staff. “Vancouver police blame Stanley Cup riots on anarchists CNN June 16, 2011”. Retrieved 2011-06-16.
  14. ^ Boesvald, Sarah (2011-06-18). “Vancouver Riot: Police made mistakes, says author report on 1994 mayhem”. Retrieved 18 June 2011.
  15. ^ Jenny Uechi (2011-05-27). “Vancouver riot clean up brings locals and non-locals together”. The Vancouver Observer. Retrieved 2011-06-17.
  16. ^ a b Scallan, Niamh (2011-06-17). “Six rioters turn themselves in, police upping investigation team”. Retrieved 18 June 2011.
  17. ^ Lesley Ciarula Taylor (Jun 16 2011). “Thousands volunteer online to clean up Vancouver’s riot mess”. Retrieved 2011-06-16.
  18. ^ Hager, Mike. “Anatomy Of A Riot”. Retrieved 2011-06-17.
  19. ^ Canada. “Cup proves to be ratings winner for CBC, NBC”. The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2011-06-17.
  20. ^ By Medha, Vancouver Sun June 17, 2011. “Chaos attracts international attention, and leaves city with black eye”. Retrieved 2011-06-17.
  21. ^ “Vancouver riots: A kiss amid the chaos?”. BBC News. Retrieved 2011-06-18.
  22. ^ Fond, Petti (2011-06-17). “Woman in kissing couple photo was knocked down by police”. Retrieved 18 June 2011.

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