Virtual support

Written by Garima Pant | Updated: Dec 1 2008, 04:48am hrs
The web was flooded with information about the terrorist attacks that killed approximately 190 people in Mumbai. Citizen journalists and users of Twitter, the short-messaging service, provided riveting and heart rendering accounts of the bloodshed in Indias corporate hub. Updates from news correspondents, surfers, bloggers and eyewitnesses in Mumbai kept people informed about the bombings. Within seconds of the attacks, numerous websites had messages about the incident. The Internet played a role in a variety of other ways, from Google Maps pinpointing the locations of the attacks to bloggers posting lists of the hundreds of dead and injured. Blogs like Mumbai Help worked with the emergency services to provide information of hospitals as well as help lines. Regular bloggers expressed that it was for the first time that such a large number of entries could be seen pouring in from all across with people venting their anger and sharing their personal experiences as well.

There were live text updates of developments in Mumbai at BBC.co.uk. Citizen journalists were also active sending video, photos and personal accounts to sites such as nowpublic.com/tag/Mumbai and groundreport.com. A special page on Wikepedia was created on the Mumbai blasts by a Pakistani-American in California named Sabahat Ashraf. According to South Asian Journalists Association, Ashraf had helped lead similar resource during 2005 Kashmir earthquake.