First, like everyone else, my heart goes out to everyone at Virginia Tech, especially the victims of the tragedy and their families.
I was kind of late picking up on the story, so most local websites covering the event had already crashed. I started following the Collegiate Times, Tech’s student newspaper, at around 2:30 pm EST, when people were tweeting that it was a good way to receive breaking news. Then, it had about 12,000 followers.
At 4:44 EST, it had 20,993 followers.
It’s a tragic way to gain that many followers, but congratulations to that group of students for excellent and responsible reporting throughout the situation. I believe it played a valuable role not only in informing the public about the event, but also informing students about what to do and where to go in order to stay safe.
This jump in followers again proves how important social media is to how we receive information nowadays. That reporting kept me glued to my phone during the office Christmas party.
I will be interested to see how many folks stay following the account now that the situation seems to be resolved.
Again, my hearts go out to everyone affected by this tragedy.