Around 3 p.m. today, a pair of explosions, within seconds of each other, went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. As of this writing, it’s unclear exactly what happened here, though a participant in the race speculated about “shrapnel” coming from one of the blasts. (The latest developments are being reported on the Early Lead blog.)
As if the media needed any reminder not to jump to conclusions about what was happening on the ground in Boston, Twitter came to the rescue, with numerous folks pleading for caution. Have a look:
There’s a lot more of this stuff out there, setting up an interesting social-media juxtaposition: The platform that’s most effective at churning out breaking news has become a place that preaches caution in breaking-news scenarios. Just in case editors and reporters need any reminders.