Today on the net, web users turn detective in the Boston bombings case; an online campaign in Spain advocating ethical banking; and a mass back flip, performed by 30 skiers all holding hands.
Web users attempt to solve Boston bombing case
The US authorities investigating the Boston marathon bombings have urged the public to submit any photographs or videos taken around the scene where the blasts occurred. Web users have been also been examining these documents, looking for clues, and trying to identify the bomber or bombers.
Citizen detectives have set up a forum on community site Reddit, which is very popular in the US, where they have been posting photos and offering their own theories as to who looks suspicious.
And they have already identified a number of potential suspects. One of whom the site’s users have dubbed “blue robe guy”; he features in several photos carrying a backpack similar to the one shown in an FBI photo, that the authorities believe could have been holding one of the bombs. But as it turns out, these budding online detectives are focusing on anyone carrying a black back pack that day.
Another lead being followed up by Reddit users: “Man on Roof” this shadowy figure was caught on camera as the second explosion went off. The picture is fueling all sorts of theories on social networks. Some think the man is demonstrating suspicious behaviour, whilst others wonder if he was simply there to enjoy a better view of the race.
Some amateur detectives are also emphasizing the importance of being careful when casting suspicion, so as not to wrongly accuse innocent people. There is in fact a thread on Reddit discussing just this, to clear the names of anyone web users have wrongly singled out as potential perpetrators.
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London marathon runners are being urged to cross the finish line at Sunday’s race in the British capital with their hands over their hearts in honour of all those affected by Monday’s Boston bombings. The appeal was launched on Twitter with many runners already on board; other participants have also announced they will be showing solidarity with the people of Boston by wearing green ribbons during the marathon, which will go ahead as planned but obviously amid tightened security.
Spain: online campaign advocates for ethical banking
A number of citizen organizations in Spain have teamed up to launch the “Move your money” online campaign. The aim is to convince citizens to transfer their money from traditional banks, which are seen as largely responsible for the current financial crisis, to emerging financial institutions, known as “ethical banks”.
A website has been created to explain to people what the initiative is all about. The campaign instigators condemn the traditional banks’ speculative lending practices at the expense of their clients and urge the people of Spain to put their trust in ethical and cooperative banks that work to boost local economy and for the greater good.
As the site Bancaetica, which is supporting the movement, explains, contrary to traditional banks, these ethical banks are based on a completely transparent management style, promoting a true economy and making fair trade and sustainable development a priority.
And the "Move your money" campaign goes beyond a simple presentation of how these ethical banks work: it also provides a list of establishments, including Coop57, Fiare and also Oikocredit where the people of Spain can deposit their savings after transitioning from traditional banks.
Campaigning is also well underway on social networks where supporters of the movement are being encouraged to promote the initiative under the keywords “Move your money”. And over the past few days there has been a big response with messages advocating ethical banking being widely shared on Twitter.
A bee with a lion’s head, a horse crossed with an eagle, and a duck with an elephant’s body. These hybrid animals aren’t from some fantasy story; they have been dreamt up by web users taking part in a photo editing competition on Reddit. All sorts of unlikely mixes have been posted online over the past few weeks, hoping to be crowned the most improbable of them all.
Video of the day
This group of 30 daredevil skiers from Quebec pulled off an amazing stunt and performed a mass back flip, on skis, holding hands! A stunning show and a must see, which you can check out in this video currently doing the rounds on sharing sites.