Fort Hood Shooting Spree: The Blogosphere Reacts
The blogosphere is already responding in earnest to the horrific shooting spree at a Texas military base that resulted in 12 deaths and 31 wounded:
Twelve people have been killed and 31 wounded in a shooting spree at a Texas military post in a murderous rampage that officials believe was carried out by an Army psychiatrist.
The suspected gunman was identified by ABC News as Major Nadal Malik Hasan. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson, R-Texas, told Fox News that military sources informed her that the gunman was about to be deployed to Iraq. Sources tell ABC News that this would have been his first deployment.
Twitter has become a central focus for communication, link sharing, information dissemination, and on the ground reporting during breaking news stories, so tech bloggers are looking at how Twitter is being used tonight. MG Siegler at TechCrunch speculates about how Twitter is influencing its Trending Topics feature to bring breaking news stories to the forefront immediately. “And that it may even in some way rank tweets to show more relevant ones for the topic at hand,” Siegler writes.
And Adam Ostrow at Mashable discusses how Twitter’s new Lists feature is already getting high profile use focused on this story by such outlets as The New York Times, The Today Show, and The Huffington Post.
Meanwhile, on the political and current events side of the blogosphere, updates are being discussed and hashed over as new information arises. Talking Points Memo titles a post very succinctly: This is Going to Get Very Dark.