Air Force used NYC Flyover as social experiment?

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Air Force used Twitter to track NY flyover fallout


WASHINGTON (AP) – As the Pentagon warns of the security risks posed by social networking sites, newly released government documents show the military also uses these Internet tools to monitor and react to coverage of high-profile events.

The Air Force tracked the instant messaging service Twitter, video carrier YouTube and various blogs to assess the huge public backlash to the Air Force One flyover of the Statue of Liberty this spring, according to the documents.

And while the attempts at damage control failed – “No positive spin is possible,” one PowerPoint chart reads – the episode opens a window into the tactics for operating in a boundless digital news cycle.

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