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Twitter as a breaking news service: Bangkok protests 2014 edition

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I was relatively early to Twitter, more through luck than judgement. I signed up in 2007 because I was working with a startup that had integrated Twitter and, as the youngest (and therefore apparently most technology savvy) member of the team, I was tasked with understanding how this new-fangled concept of ‘microblogging’ worked.

It wasn’t until late 2008, however, when I moved from London to Bangkok, that I really ‘got’ the service and became hooked. With barely a few hundred registered users in Thailand at the time and me being fresh off the boat, Twitter was an amazing way to make new friends and network for jobs, but its true value as a breaking news service became apparent in November/December 2008 when anti-government...

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