Observations on Social Media’s role in the reporting of the Hudson River Crash
First, I just want to say that my heart goes out to the people on this plane. Let us all pray that no one got hurt.
That being said, I have just have a few observations on how the crash was broken to the world.
– News of the crash broke on Twitter, several minutes before it was on CNN or MSNBC.
– The guy who posted the first twitpic of this event, @jkrums, at http://twitpic.com/135xa has gone from 220 followers at 3:30pm EST on Thursday to 400 (at time of writing) in just over 30 minutes.
– That one twitpic of the crash , http://twitpic.com/135xa crashed the twitpic servers.
Whatever this crash says about the technologies of aviation, the reporting of it is a reflection of the way news is distributed today: Twitter is the present & the future