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Updated : Tuesday 2 February 2010

As the name suggests, this means using a social network to source information. The media can put questions to members of Twitter so that they can investigate or verify a piece of information.

  • This is a fun, cheap technique that lets the journalist conduct the investigation from his or her computer by making a network of virtual friends do the work for nothing… while they enjoy the heady feeling of playing a part in writing history and being a reporter for a day (see the example of the Guardian: keyword Twitter).

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