Saturday, May 14, 2011


The Twitter News Network

The days of hearing a news break from CNN, FOX News, ABC News, etc. are pretty much over. Now these news powerhouses have assigned Twitter correspondents that search Twitter for breaking news stories that are being tweeted by the people that are actually there. Twitter has become the fastest form of distribution. Anyone can tweet something right from your phone that the masses can see immediately. You are getting live, raw, honest and unfiltered information.

Why isn't Facebook doing the same? On Twitter you can sort by trending "hashtags" and avoid confusion that all other Facebook statuses cause. You can search what is trending now on Twitter and avoid seeing your friends baby pictures for the 100th time like you do on Facebook. 

Sohaib Athar(@ReallyVirtual) accidentally live tweeted about the raid of Osama bin Laden. Keith Urbahn(@Keithurbahn) tweeted the first credible report that he had been killed.

Twitter is making the world a much smaller place. In less than 12 hours, there were 2.2 million tweets talking about Osama's death. Moreover, there were 40,000 blog and news posts about the subject. 

Osama bin Laden's death was by no means the first news break to occur on Twitter. On January 15, 2009, a tweeter by the name of Janis Krums not only tweeted the Hudson river plane landing, but uploaded a picture of it as well through TwitPic.

Janis Krums - There's a plane in the Hudson. I'm on the ferry going to pick up the people. Crazy.

Now people get to see and read exactly what is happening with minute to minute information from the people that are there first. What else could bring this world closer together? Maybe one day we will see live streaming video of events happening on Twitter…

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