Mashable posted on an interesting phenomenon – this weekend’s Denver plane crash ended up being first reported on by a passenger – via Twitter. This is a fascinating sign of the times. On a comically smaller scale, my train into the city broke down this morning, and I tweeted about it (cdessi). It’s certainly something I don’t do regularly enough to have a flock of fans awaiting my every tweet (Garyvee). I do however, tend to try to add interesting tid bits (thoughts on life, and interests) rather than the banal thoughts of a 33 year father of one. How else do you see Twitter changing the game in 2009?
Should we be surprised that this weekend’s Denver plane crash was first reported on Twitter, from a passenger aboard the plane? Or is the fascinating Twitter stream, from user 2drinksbehind, merely indicative of how our news will break in 2009 and beyond?
It’s safe to predict the latter.
And yet, breaking the news is by no means the only role of news agencies: parsing that raw information, and filtering it, and making sense of it in a broader context, is where news organizations continue to shine.