This is interesting and creative. I wonder if a similar tactic could be used for PSYOP/deception purposes–i.e. have a bunch of folks working together to spread news of fake events for the purpose of inducing panic or some other effect. If I were less of a good guy, how could I use this for nefarious purposes? Hmmm….
A spontaneous re-enactment of Orson Welles’ 1938 “War of the Worlds” radio broadcast unfolded Friday on microblogging site Twitter.
Hundreds of tweets detailed a mock Martian invasion, with reports both panic-stricken and humorous.
smoldering hunks of buildings, cars and people lay strewn about,” wrote one user, joshlewis. “The
tripods have left the Warehouse District in ruins.”
Another, iancanfield, wrote: “The freeways are packed! I’ve heard from a few stuck on 252 and 94, they are sitting ducks.”
Twitter has been used to comment on national events and disseminate crucial information quickly during natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina and earthquakes.
To distinguish the apocalyptic messages from the rest of the
updates flowing through the site — and to prevent igniting the kind of
confusion and panic caused by Welles’ historic broadcast —
participants are adding the tag
“#wotw2” to the ends of their fictional accounts.