Not pictured: The Google Bus protest.
The protests that blocked the Google Bus in the Mission for half an hour this morning moved so quickly, and involved so many controversies, that maybe the only way to follow it was on social media. Here is our Twitter-generated play-by-play account of the demonstration, and its grisly aftermath.
9:19 AM: @jbruck: Google bus being blockaded for illegally using bus stop at 24th and Valencia pic.twitter.com/HctgRA2o7d
9:24 AM: @tigerbeat: San Francisco not for sale #googlebus protest #gentrification https://t.co/2GQcHi9Bts
9:34 AM: @tigerbeat: #Googlebus to mountainview currently stuck at 24th & Valencia due to #gentrification protesthttp://t.co/jyBE5S0zW6
9:42 AM: @ellenhuet: Google bus surrounded, blocked by protesters at 24th/Valencia. Sign: "Illegal use of public infrastructure"pic.twitter.com/y8N3qhzbik
9:45 AM: @FashionistaLab: my #googlebus is still under siege. I agree that there are a lot of probs w/ housing & displacement in SF, but we are not the source of it. 9:45 AM
10:02 AM: @generic_: Is there anything more predictable that condescension towards a protest? There is not. #googlebus
10:30 AM: @emeyerson: 2013 was the year when SF debated whether it was a good thing that people were taking buses to their jobs instead of driving. #googlebus
@BrockKeeling: While writing about the Google bus protest, Jefferson Starship starts to play. Never felt as SF as I do right now. http://t.co/qqAhtIY8QM
10:50 AM: @accidentalflyer: #googlebus is NOT the problem. Lack of public transportation infrastructure along Peninsula is. Get your chicken-&-egg right. #stupidprotest
11:01 AM: @ellenhuet: #Googlebus protest lasted 30 min, ended at 9:51am, SFPD said.
11:03 AM: @mikesonn: #Googlebus protest is over. Housing must be fixed now, right?
11:04 AM: @realrichsam: If corporate farm worker busses #GoogleBus are going to utilize the Muni infrastructure they should pay for it just like taxis do.
11:43 AM: @FitzTheReporter: VIDEO of Google employee shouting down San Francisco protester, who was blocking Google private bus http://t.co/FmyiVh1jnd @Buzzfeed @gawker
12:04 PM: @kevinroose: On second viewing, I have $10 on that Google employee being fake.
12:07 PM: @SuperJesseH: On the other hand the gentrification they are protesting is inevitable. The natural consequence of a declining suburbs. #googlebus
12:28 PM: @accidentalflyer: #googlebus GOOG rare private company still paying workers fair salaries, but it's ~ $150k not $1.5mil. Protest just wrongheaded & ignorant.
12:28 PM: @FitzTheReporter: NEW INFORMATION: "Google" employee shoutout earlier today at bus protest was staged by union organizer. http://t.co/n0WB0biEUY
12:30 PM: @ellenhuet: From the #googlebus protest group site: http://t.co/JdjofPcDL5 "two-tier system where the public pays and the private corporations gain"
12:33 PM: @accidentalflyer: #googlebus is ghettoization goal of protesters? Turning San Francisco into Detroit?
12:38 PM: @fmanjoo: It's not only that the guy is fake. The controversy is fake. There are problems in SF. But the pat oppositional picture this painted is FAKE
12:41 PM: @accidentalflyer: #googlebus protesters should direct energy at changing zoning laws so easier to increase housing supply. It's all basic law of economics.
12:45 PM: @CalebGarling: This Google bus spat is one of those Twitter deals where we should all get a cup of coffee and check back when the facts have shaken out
12:47 PM: @MonteReports: Looks like that shouting match with in front of #googlebus may have been staged: @sfbghttp://t.co/nHJx2RG53y
12:49 PM: @jamilahking: When a union organizer gets videotaped impersonating a target, they're just asking for a failed protest.#googlebus
12:56 PM: @JumalaLlinen: Why won't @google just buy all of the #SFBayArea, put a wall around it, and rename it #GoogleLand?#googlebus
1:08 PM: @avolberding: Fake confrontation, real controversy. Stupid stunts distract from the real issues of inequality and legitimate grievances with tech in SF.
1:24 PM: @mattyglesias: False flag Google bus guy should be Person of the Year.
1:45 PM: @hoverbird: SF housing reform / social responsibility in tech advocates deserves better protestors. The fake Google bus stunt was clumsy and stupid.