Twitter first, ask questions later

Following the recent plane crash in the Hudson River there’s been quite a bit of discussion about how Twitter was the first place people shared what was happening. In the weird way human interest works, this ‘shock news’ was good stuff.

This morning Wellington had a rather unique powercut that wiped out much of the city’s power for quite some time. I was amused that my response to this situation was to drop a tweet on my phone to explain there was a powercut in Island Bay.

As a result I found out other Wellingtonians I follow on Twitter were also experiencing power issues. This was useful information and assured me the powercut was not just my issue.

About 20 minutes later Radio NZ broadcasted that there’d been a powercut in Wellington.

The Internet was designed and built by the military to ensure communications could not be broken by one fault. If one part fell over the network would find another route for the information flow.

I thought it interesting that when the power went down in my town, I went to Twitter on my mobile. And with Twitter now overtaking Digg in marketshare visits last week I’m not alone.

Perhaps something Civil Defence and other emergency services should take note of?

3 thoughts on “Twitter first, ask questions later

  1. And for how the media other peopled reported/commented on the power cut, see, [of which the best response is #196!]. Not reporting the news as it happens, in the way you mean with twitter, but an interesting example of reaction and re-reaction…

    PS: You sound really connected… could you check both yours AND Cate’s mobiles next time! 🙂


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