The London riots have been fueled by people communicating via Twitter, among other vehicles, I’m sure.
The downfall of several dictatorial governments within the last several months has also been driven by revolutionaries who used social media to inform and motivate others into action.
Twitter and Facebook have also helped in the onset of flash mobs – some of which have recently taken a bad turn. A recent Associated Press article states that flash mobs started off in 2003 as peaceful and often humorous acts of public performance, such as mass dance routines or street pillow fights. But in recent years, the term has taken a darker twist as criminals exploit the anonymity of crowds, using social networking to coordinate everything from robberies to fights to general chaos.
Despite all the good things about social media, this could lead to some legislative efforts to regulate social media. There have already been some attempts. Do you think it’s possible?