This guy makes some very excellent points about Twitter; cool Web site, too:

  • Grant

    Twitter
    has a definite place in the news cycle. Three key examples as of late
    of are a tornado in Chicago, and the earthquakes in SoCal and China.

    The service is in its infancy but already it has shown how powerful it can be.

    For instance, the Chicago tornado. Searching on twitter for the
    words ‘tornado’ in the Chicago-area revealed some pretty cool instant
    accounts of the storm as it rolled through downtown, some even drilled
    down to exact addresses.

    That would have been extremely useful for the 40,000 or so folks
    attending a Cubs game at Wrigley field who didn’t have access to the
    Weather Channel.

    On the ground reporting instantly with photos (Don’t be surprised if
    they add Twitvideo soon) and first hand immediate accounts make for
    some solid news gathering tools. There isn’t a filter but in the event
    of breaking news it provides very quick way of getting out the hits of
    information.

    Whereas a newspaper might usually have a delay in gathering the news
    and piecing together a story or a TV station has to go through the
    process of setting up a feed and breaking into a newscast, Twitter
    allows someone to pass along quick hits as it happens.

    When you throw in the functionality of IPhone location-aware reporting you’ve got an amazing resource for distributing news.

    Also, the readers have the option to read the blow-by-blow or just pass on that stream of tweets for the evening.

    Now if you’ll excuse me, it’s back to mom’s basement to play WarCraft.




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