So many issues to think about in the wake of the Mumbai massacre. Here is one of them: the flow of information in a fast-moving crisis when everyone has a cell phone. In the recent California fires, Twitter seemed to be a good thing, because no matter who you are as a Twitter-er, a forest fire bearing down on you is the enemy, and you need all the info about it you can get, and so do your fellow Twitter users anywhere near the crisis.
But Mumbai was a military style attack, and those carrying out the attack were surely monitoring Twitter, for their own uses. Some citizens in Mumbai were acting as reporters on Twitter, honestly reporting things they saw in front of them. Rumors also arose and were repeated (re-tweeted). What should TV networks do with that information? What should police/military do? What should civilian Twitter readers believe? If you witnessed such a crisis happening, i.e. if you were an eyewitness, what would you report? Not that anyone could really answer this ahead of time. But it’s worth thinking about.