The fearsome Twitter meme advanced a step further this week, as the New York Daily News reports on Twitter-using streetgangs. Henceforth they are "tweet gangs":
attacks [are] being plotted - and thwarted - 140 characters at a time.
One investigator recently warned parents and teens that the bastion of OMG and LOL has been infiltrated by violent crews waging turf wars.
Is Twitter just another ground for a fight, or does it worsen things? The article first compares Twitter to phone records, then offers another view:
One 15-year-old in the 28 Gunnaz gang said it's just like any other "form of communication," except that the world can listen in on the conversation.
That feature can actually fuel disputes. A heated exchange between rivals on the service can turn into a full-fledged beef when others get wind, he said.
Contrast: how would it look different via Facebook? And if it was happening in MySpace, who would report on it?
(via Ed Webb, a one-man smartmob)