The Effect of Social Media on Crowdsourcing Investigation

Open Access
Ji, Kaeun
Area of Honors:
Political Science
Bachelor of Arts
Document Type:
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Andrea H Tapia, Thesis Supervisor
  • Gretchen Casper, Honors Advisor
  • Social Media
  • Boston Marathon Bombing
  • Crowdsourcing
  • Investigation
  • Twitter
In this thesis, I present a different way of viewing how social media effects crowdsourcing investigations. I explored the Boston Marathon Bombing case and analyzed tweets that were collected during the crisis. I focused on the key participants, the national media, the police, and Twitter, to explain how important it is for them to understand to role of social media in order to prevent reporting false information. From the data, I indicated that there is a lack of understanding by the national media and the police to use social media as an investigation tool. This demonstrates that although social media has a high potential to be a useful tool in investigating, it will only create controversy, if not used correctly. This research suggests that there should be precaution when using social media in future investigations to prevent mistakes.