If you’re reading this blog, you probably found it through Twitter, so I am somewhat preaching to the choir. But in the off chance you found it some other way, and are interested in Twitter, but don’t “know enough about it,” read on.
This afternoon, a plane that had just taken off from LaGuardia crashed into New York’s Hudson River. 135 people were on board; thankfully they all got out okay. I’m sure they’re cold, but it could have been so much worse.
As soon as I saw the “Breaking News” on the networks, I went to my Twitter account (@karamat) and searched “Hudson.” Hundreds of entries showed up and in the few seconds I was reading them, the page needed to be refreshed with 30, 40, 50 new messages. It didn’t take long for people to hop on line and “tweet” about the crash in 140 characters.
The tweet that, to this point, that got the most attention was from @jkrums. This was his tweet: “http://twitpic.com/135xa – There’s a plane in the Hudson. I’m on the ferry going to pick up the people. Crazy”
Within a very short time, NBC was in touch with him and not only used his picture on line — a vantage point the camera crews did not have — but they got him on the phone to talk about what happened.
His next tweet? “I’m back in NJ. Going to be back in NY tonight for a few interviews. This has been a crazy experience. Thanks for all the follows!”
I have a feeling we’ll be seeing more of him in the next few days. All because of Twitter.