If you couldn't use twitter and wanted to get news right away (suppose in an emergency), what site would you go to? I'm thinking about the earthquake we had earlier in the year. I went right to twitter to see it was an earthquake and things were ok. But what if I couldn't use twitter. Cnn?
That's funny. I don't go to twitter for my "breaking news" first. Sometimes I find out about things on Twitter before I see them elsewhere, but that is just because I was already there. And that doesn't always mean twitter had it first. It just means that is where I saw it first. That makes me want to see what kind of news I could create out of thin air. Claim that all the major news outlets are in blackout mode and won't cover it. Oh wait, that already happened.
That assumes you know it is an earthquake. It could have been an earthquake or construction or a bus crash or a bomb. I find the nytimes to be a bit slow on the uptake for breaking news so it would not be my first source.
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That assumes you know it is an earthquake.
I think you mean weather event. I guess my primary concern in an emergency isn't first-person accounts, which twitter would be good for. It would be information about how it impacts me, which I can get from other sources. For example, Google Maps with real-time traffic came in real handy during last year's blizzards. Tweets saying "I'm stuck" wouldn't be so useful unless they were aggregated and geolocated so I could evaluate conditions across my various options. And even then, what if one road is full of non-tweeters who are stuck? How can I be sure I'm seeing the "big picture"?
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True. I guess I don't know if I'm looking for a "weather event" right away yet. I'm used to twitter telling me what type of sources I should look for. Google news might not be bad for that. Will have to try it.