Jul 29 2008

Quake has California Twitter in its Boots

Posted by cheyennejack at 3:48 PM
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At 11:50am on the west coast reports surfaced of an east L.A. earthquake striking at 11:42 am just east of LA.  However, the microblog/twitterverse reported the event at least 1 minute before the quake was said to have struck.

In my research less than an hour later, using search.twitter.com already had 1500 micropostings with the word 'quake', so I can't track the first to twitter.  However, thanks to tweetdeck I can tell you the first of those that I follow was good ol' Leo Laporte, twittering from his twitlive account presumable while recording Security Now with Steve Gibson.  Of course, having listened to 1000's of hours of Leo and his Twit.TV gangland, it was no surprise to find that he was twittering about the quake rather than sensibly taking cover like Steve Gibson.

Original reports had it at a 5.8 but the quake has since been downgraded to 5.4, showing how accuracy is lost with immediacy, but its still a highly interesting tool in an emerging world of the masses and connectedness.  It brings news to our desktops and mobiles, not on-demand, but real-people-time, interestingly 10 minutes sooner than CNN was able to report (which is still really good - considering I'm blogging over an hour later).

 


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