This is a very good story by ABC that supports what we've been writing about here about the power of Twitter. Just like we talked about how this was an effective tool for keeping track of what's going on with storms like Gustav, that point is so noted in this article.
From the ABC piece:
Peyton acknowledges that the information distributed through Web sites,
SMS messages, instant messages and other social networking sites is
only as good as the person sending it. But as he rode out the storm in
Baton Rouge, he said it was one of the only ways to get accurate local
reports from New Orleans.
"The national broadcasts are just kind of silly and alarmist," he said. "It's nice to have something to balance that out."
Micro-blogging and such things as Twitter, indeed, have a place in emergency situations, as well as daily life. I heard today also that some TV shows are now starting to let the actual show's characters, not as the real life actor, but as a third dimension of the character, Twitter. Fascinating.
When I suggested yesterday that Twitter could be a helpful tool for keeping up with one's kids, I was told by one mom, that her teens prefer old fashioned texting and that, "Twitter is for old people."
Do you count yourself as old?
(As a side note, I tried to find Robert Peyton on Twitter and didn't find a listing for him.)