On Friday morning, news of an explosion in an Oslo government building followed by shootings in a nearby island spread quickly across the web.
Social media has been serving as a key way for people around the world to send out and receive information. Many of our Twitter followers reported turning to Twitter, Google+ and live streaming news organizations for updates on the story. Most people told us that online news reports were delivering the news faster than television.
We now know that at least seven people were killed Friday in Oslo after a bomb exploded in the main government district. Later in the day, reports said a shooter entered a Labor Party rally on the island of Utøya dressed in a police uniform and opened fire. At least nine people were killed in that incident. The two acts are related, according to The Wall Street Journal, with police saying that the suspect is Norwegian.
To follow developments on this story, here are the resources recommended by our readers.
Live Streams to Follow
- Google+ Oslo Spark
- Raymond K, from Oslo, has been sending powerful live reports from his country.
- A post suggesting which Google+ users to add to a circle for breaking updates, made by Siegfried Hirsch
Twitter Accounts to Follow
- Andy Carvin of NPR: @acarvin
- Reuters: @Reuters
- Rune Håkonsen of the Norwegian Broadcasting Corp: @runehak
- Blake Houshell, managing editor of Foreign Policy magazine: @blakehounshell
- @finansakrobat, a Norwegian reporter.
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