News Travels Fast

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News has always been know for traveling fast – and with today’s emerging technology we appear to be headed toward breaking the sound and light barrier.  Who would have thought years ago when CNN and ESPN introduced the continuous “crawl” at the bottom of the screen with breaking news and scores that someday we would turn our home pages into a similar crawl with RSS feeds, Tweets and Diggs.

Never has news traveled more quickly than last week surrounding the reports of Michael Jackson’s death.  The rapid buzz resulted in a Twitter overload and temporary shutdown.  Google searches were so overwhelmed the system viewed it as an attack on the Michael Jackson name and temporarily sent “error messages” and began requiring “captchas” to complete search requests.

I, like most, immediately went to my own Twitter account to see what the media had to say about the reports.   While only TMZ reported Jackson’s death, every other major news source in the country continuously updated their tweets as the story played out over the next few hours.  Following the initial report from TMZ, I also visited Scoopler to watch the “real time” conversations taking place online.  Scoopler updates were scrolling at a record pace as the online frenzy continued to reach record numbers.

Ready or not, this is the future of how quickly news will travel.

Click here to read story of Twitter crash

Click here to view Michael Jackson conversations on Scoopler

Time on Twitter

Evan Williams & Biz Stone of Twitter

Evan Williams & Biz Stone of Twitter

While some still question “What in the world is the purpose of Twitter?” – or for that matter, “what in the world is a Tweet?” – a great new article in Time Magazine maps out how Steven Johnson (author of six books, most recently The Invention of Air) believes this medium may truly change the way we live.  The article provides interesting insight into the idea that Twitter actually serves many niche audiences very effectively – from celebrities to sports to news to a small group of friends.  One can become overwhelmed by following too much, but when effectively chosen you may be able to keep up with your specific interests or friends in a very concise and timely manner.

Click here to read the entire article at time.com

Click here to read the top 10 ways Twitter is changing the way America does business