Business - Written by Alan Majer on Friday, January 16, 2009 9:35 - 4 Comments
Citizen journalism and the Hudson Plane Crash
If there was any doubt before, yesterday’s plane crash in the Hudson river provided ample proof of how useful Twitter can be for emerging news. Here’s a truly amazing photo that @jkrums snapped and linked to via twitter while his ferry was en route to help:
I just watched a plane crash into the hudson rive in manhattan
I love how our earliest news is most certainly going to contain typos from now on. Same case with Mike Wilson (@2drinksbehind) who in December twittered about being in a plane crash. Understandably he put it quite strongly:
Holy fucking shit I wasbjust in a plane crash!
I enjoyed his followup tweet just as much though:
You have your wits scared out of you, drag your butt out of a flaming ball of wreckage and you can’t even get a vodka-tonic. Boo
Twitter truly connects us to the experiences of others – and terrific first hand news is just part of the fun. While I hope there are no plane crashes in my future, you can follow my own twitter updates at @crasheral (gee, hope I’m not tempting fate with that twittername).
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