Breaking tweets instead of breaking news?

Remember my post some time ago in which I tweeted what historical events would have looked like if Twitter would have existed at the time? Check it out here.
I was reminded of this post when Twitter became the first place to report that President Obama would address the nation on a national security issue at 9:45 p.m.
As news of Bin Laden’s death spread, Twitter was on fire with 12.4 million tweets per hour. Now that’s some serious usage.
As I said in this column, many people find out about news from social media platforms (like Twitter and Facebook) and then go to more traditional news sources for confirmation. Many of my friends have said they learned of Bin Laden’s death on Twitter and then went to a more institutional source for details.
I have been using Twitter for a couple of years now, and I continue to be amazed at the role it’s come to play in many of our lives. People are using this microblogging service in far different ways than ever imagined, including reporting and reading news from around the world.
Are you a Twitter user? What do you think.
Social media reaction to Bin Laden’s death

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About Buffy Andrews

Assistant Managing Editor of Features and Niche Publications for the York Daily Record/Sunday News. Also, Social Media Coordinator.
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3 Responses to Breaking tweets instead of breaking news?

  1. Jayde says:

    Gee whiz, and I thugoht this would be hard to find out.

  2. Hippie says:

    A million thanks for posting this ifnortamion.