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Twitter User First at the Scene and to Report Jakarta Bombings

Written By David D'Angelo on Friday, July 17, 2009 | 7/17/2009


Technology had really been a major part of everyday life nowadays. In the recent and terrible bombing at Ritz Carlton and Marriott Hotel in Jakarta Indonesia, Twitter had been the major means of fast and easy communication to convey both the fear and the sympathies.

"Bom @ marriot and ritz Carlton kuningan jakarta." was the official tweet from DanielTumiwa who is at the scene of the bombings.

A report on Australia’s ABCNews claims that the above is the first Tweet to come out of the blasts at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel and the J.W. Marriott Hotel, posted by Twitter user Daniel Tumiwa. His series of Tweets reads:

Bom @ marriot and ritz Carlton kuningan jakarta.

2 boms go off at marriot hotel ad ritz carlton jakarta.

2 boms go off inside Ritz Carlton and Marriott coffee shops! Not kidding. Am here.

Left location. Shocked. Lots of blood. Breakfast meetings at coffee shops while bombs went off.

Thanks for all the concern. Back home. Safe. Shocked.

Blood…smoke…glass…everywhere…prayers to the victims….


Meanwhile, Twitpic became a key source of imagery from the event, with Galuh Riyadi posting pics from the scene. And the Marriott Hotel group is using its Twitter account to communicate its sympathies for those affected.

Source: Mashable, The Social Media Guide.


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