But last week, in the wake of the Boston bombings, some of those who previously viewed Twitter as an indispensable news source began turning against the service upon discovering that the wisdom of crowds is, in fact, an adage not often applicable on the Internet. Steve Brunetto, a senior executive at Edgewave, a network security company, said Tuesday’s hacking undermined Twitter at a sensitive time.
“On the heels of the Boston Marathon bombing, everyone’s trying to figure out, ‘Okay, where does Twitter fit into that news cycle? Where does Twitter fit into disseminating information?’” Brunetto said. “They’ve got an opportunity to legitimize themselves as a real player in that information life cycle but they get knocked down a peg every time somebody says, ‘Oh, you can’t believe what you read on Twitter.’” April 25, 2013 at 12:29PM