“That time Bohemian Rhapsody crashed the comments on Facebook…”

This story, about Alan Barnes deciding to make a new life away from the city, was posted on the Newcastle Chronicle’s Facebook page an hour ago:

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“I have had a calling from God to go to the Shetland Islands.”

Posted by Newcastle Chronicle on Wednesday, 29 July 2015

The first reader comment was this…

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…and here is a typical selection of the ’40 replies’  alluded to below that comment…

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Yup, the lyrics of Bohemien Rhapsody were posted, line by line, by different commenters.  Never let it be said Facebook comments on news sites are all either “slow news day” moans about lazy journalism, or sinks of hatred and bile.

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About Alison Gow

I'm a journalist, particularly interested in story-telling, networks and digital innovation.
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