It has now been proven that social media channels, particularly twitter, Facebook and Blackberry messenger has been used to spread messages summoning mobs to hot spots around England. Some of these mobs included youths, some even wearing hoods. Facebook groups and hashtags have sprung up across all these social channels encouraging these mobs, fully tooled up with hammers, brooms, spades and other implements to gather in fixed places at fixed times for the purpose of wreaking havoc. Havoc on the mess left behind, and to stick 2 fingers up at those who caused the destruction.
This is a small selection of the 1000’s of tweets that have been sent:
— Richard Frediani (@FredianiITV) August 9, 2011
— Hannah Curley (@_HannahCurley) August 9, 2011
From the FaceBook Group Post riot clean-up: let’s help London which has gained 18,000+ fans in 36 hours:
“Any Clean Ups Happening In West London, Ealing? Please Let Me Know ASAP. Thank You.”
“Once the embarrassing rioting has ended in London let’s all show the world what we’re really about by helping rebuild and clean up so it is better than it was before. Invite all of your friends! Let’s see if we can get London looking like a new city by the end of the week”
“Any clean-ups anywhere near Muswell Hill going on tomorrow?”
“Is there anything happening in Ealing at the weekend for the clean up effort?”
“@cleantottenham on Twitter tells me that help is needed to handout fliers to commuters at Silver St train station in the morning if anyone can assist with that…?”
” clean as, and quiet. Glad to see you have reclaimed it! It’s our London and across the city we applaud for the efforts and bravery shown today. x”
“Clapham Junction saw some scary looting last night. .What was great today though was about 200 locals with brooms all waiting to help clear up and reclaim the streets. When the last fire engine pulled off there was a big cheer of thanks with lots of brooms being waving in the air.”
A few pictures i’d like to see on the frount pages in the morning!
And on YouTube, a little creativity!
And the video story of the “cleaners” in action. You can see both the devestation, climate and the real spirit in this video:
My last hat tip goes to one of my Facebook friends Stuart Gibson who left this messageagainst a picture I shared:
“We were there. We raised our brooms with hundreds of others. We even did Mexican waves with brooms. Finally, we were able to help council workers clear up the damage. It was very moving.”
Good job Stuart and everyone involved. This is as much a part of the social media story as the part Twitter etc played in the riots. Please share these story’s.
Sorry for moving away from my usual recruiting/social media posts, but I felt a strong desire to share this social media story of good! Business as usual tomorrow!