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Business - Written by 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:

Passengers awaiting rescue in Hudson River

Three minutes earlier than that, @manolantern sent out what appears to be the first tweet on the plane crash:

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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Jan 16, 2009 15:22

I think this is the way it needs to be. Raw early first responders to stores and reporters digesting everything and and making sense of all the data. Bad news for CNN though lol.

Wikinomics » Blog Archive » Captain C
Jan 18, 2009 21:30

[...] colleague Alan nicely captured the citizen reporting that happened around the Miracle on the Hudson. The aftermath makes a nice Wikinomics story as [...]

Alan Majer
Jan 19, 2009 9:21

Tony, I agree about first responders getting the raw data first. It will also be interesting to see just how far the crowd will go when it comes to “digesting everything and making sense of all the data” too. That might also be bad news for journalists and reporters.

Speed Communications Blogs
Jun 1, 2009 11:22

[...] on the plane that crashed into the Hudson river jumped straight into citizen journalist mode and posted a picture on Twitter, alerting some of the world’s top news providers to the [...]

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