That picture of the plane in the Hudson river was for many people the first time that Twitter had brought them images of breaking news. It was quickly retweeted around the internet and even made it onto traditional broadcast news. Not surprising that major stories are broken this way, but over the last couple of days I’ve become more aware of this happening at a local level.
On Saturday afternoon, I was enjoying a quiet drink in the Peacock on Seel Street when we spotted smoke coming out of a building across the road. I resisted tweeting about it until the flames started coming out of the roof!
I wasn’t the only person to spot the fire and Twitter Search’s “nearby” function pointed me to several other people who’d seen it, telling me it was a Greek restaurant on Parr Street that was on fire. A few minutes later I got a message from a journalist at the Liverpool Daily Post and Echo asking if they could use one of my photos. A few minutes after that and it was on their website.
Sunday, and I learnt of the monkey escape at Chester Zoo from a friend’s tweet. Very nearly the “oh my God, I just saw a monkey run down the street” moment I’ve been waiting for!
It’s a mad world.