Twitter Scoops Media in Breaking California Earthquake News
Not only did Twitter remain steadfast where more traditional methods of communication stumbled, it beat traditional media out of the gate with news about the earthquake. Twitter co-founder Biz Stone claims that the first mention of the quake appeared on Twitter nine minutes before the first AP wire. Specific time stamps were not available to confirm the claim, but we could confirm that Twitter users beat Reuters to the punch by about 20 minutes. Details about the extent of damage, magnitude, and epicenter were circulating hours before news outlets had their first full length articles up.
Following success in breaking the tragic story of the earthquake in China earlier this year, Twitter again proved itself to be useful beyond just sharing what you had for breakfast or how hung-over you are. [Source: Venture Beat, CNET, Via: Textually]