Twitter, Reporting Live From Everywhere
Saturday night’s plane crash in Denver had an interesting bit of news pop out of the unfourtunate mishap. Mike Wilson, aka Twitter user 2drinksbehind was the first person to report on the crash via Twitter’s micro-blogging platform. His series of tweets (complete with a photo of the crash site) read as a play by play of the harrowing experience of surviving and navigating the chaotic scene. The reports hit Twitter about 30 minutes before any mainstream reports of the incident surfaced. Although a series of 140 character text messages can’t be considered a robust news piece, it is an interesting example of an emerging kind of citizen journalism. He’s also garnered a bit of fame out of the situation. Wilson was interviewed by Fox and NBC, and it seems he’s picked up a ton of followers.