Since the Mumbai attacks began last week and finally concluded today, I have been observing the internet going nuts with social media activity. Twitter, blogs, Flickr, you name it. Tim Malbon, who I work with, has analysed the Twitter side of things rather well, so I’m not going go there again. Apart from the stuff being said on Twitter at #Mumbai, there has been the Mumbai Help blog, a lot of discussions on SAJA (of which I listened in to a live radiocast of one), the news networks I watch on TV (BBC and Sky News mostly), news sources online (The New York Times, CNN, NDTV, IBN Live, Hindustan Times, Times of India, BBC, The Guardian, The Independent, Mint), numerous friends updating their status with Mumbai-related news or thoughts on Facebook, and a host of blogs. All in all, an avalanche of media.
The Mumbai attacks
None of this detracts from the fact that nearly 200 innocent people died, including policemen and waiters at the hotels that were under siege. People who were doing their job. People who were living their lives, like you and me.
Take one look at these photos at the Big Picture to keep it all in perspective.