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How Social Media Has Revolutionized the Drunken Sports Victory Riot

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

There’s rioting in the streets of San Francisco. And no, it’s not excitement about election day.

You can see exactly where people are going nuts.

Earlier tonight, the San Francisco Giants defeated the Texas Rangers to win the World Series (that’s baseball, if you were confused). Afterwards, your typical intoxicated excited sports fans began celebrating in slightly socially unacceptable ways. Nothing too earth-shattering there, especially when you compare it to soccer hooligans.

The craziness in San Francisco, though, has a new social-media component that adds a completely different dimension to raucous behavior: instant self-journalism. You can see photos of what is happening around the city as it occurs, listen to police radio streams, and you can track wherever the crazed action is based on twitter reports. Even better, you can “check into” a riot on Foursquare, a social connections app.

Leave it to San Francisco to incorporate social media into literally everything in the world.