A bomb killing 20 people Monday at the Erawan Shrine, a popular Bangkok tourist site, was reported on Twitter within moments of the blast. News channels were the predominant source of Tweets, using images, short video and GIFs to report on the event in real time. Hashtags trending around the explosion included #Bangkok, #PrayForBangkok, #PrayBangkok and #PrayForThailand.
Brands across Asia generally steered clear of the tragedy. Those that did choose to tweet on the topic, such as Yamaha Indonesia, kept it simple and empathetic.
Bangkok Hospital used Twitter to push for a blood donation drive with this tweet that linked back to a Facebook page.
#AshleyMadisonHacks was another trending topic this week, after hackers released 9.7 gigabytes of data stolen from AshleyMadison.com. The data included the names, addresses and sexual desires of the cheating site’s more-than-30 million global users. Brands were reluctant to post on the topic, but users had a field day anticipating the windfalls for divorce lawyers. This particular GIF generated more than 500 retweets.