Untangling the Web: Terror and tweets on the net desk

23.08.2011                      23.Aw-Elul, 5771

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Untangling the Web: Terror and tweets on the net desk

I often fall into the trap of thinking I can predict the news in the Middle East. Days like last Thursday remind me that I can’t.

Last Thursday started out like a fairly standard day on the JPost.com Internet desk, slower than usual even. Summer is always a lull period for news. Editors were mainly engaged in checking for updates from Syria, setting up the homepage for the weekend, creating feature articles, moderating talkbacks and scanning local news sites for details of protests planned for the next few days. Nothing out of the ordinary.
And then a beep came through on the pager from Magen David Adom. Injuries in a shooting attack on a bus near Eilat. No further details….