Mar 26, 2014
From Missing to Mystery - The Social Media Responds to Malaysia Air Flight 370 - infographic
Posted by Irfan Ahmad Digital Information World Author Pakistan author profile Wednesday, March 26, 2014 info-graphics , news , Social-Media
On the 8th on this March, Missing flight MH370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing vanished into the night. The plan's disappearance triggered a sprawling search on land and sea from the steppes of China to the Gulf of Thailand, and a crowd-sourced investigation on social networks and collaborative sites like Twitter, Reddit, Wikipedia and Tomnod.
Twitter was the first place many people heard the news about the flight's disappearance and has remained aflutter with news and speculation ever since. Almost 4 million tweets over the past two weeks have contained "MH370".
The English Wikipedia article was first created at 7:37 AM on march 8 Kuala Lumpur local times), less than 8 hours after the flight disappeared from civilian radar. Since then, the article has grown from just 85 words to more than 4,000 over the course of thousands of edits.
This infographic created by beutlerink takes a closer look at how people on the Internet have responded to the disjointed and constantly evolving narrative of the missing flight.