Twitter On The Scene

13 Oct

Brian Stelter provides an amazing example of how Twitter can be used for live reporting in his article “What I Learned In Joplin.”  

http://thedeadline.tumblr.com/post/5904630983/what-i-learned-in-joplin

 Stetler describes how he traveled to Joplin, Mussouri, following a devastating tornado, and tweeted about the scene in real-time as he was there. This might be the greatest potential use for Twitter. Due to the ability to post updates instantaneously from a phone, Twitter can be used to inform people about natural disasters as they happen. Twitter users can be on the scene, sending out information before major news networks are even aware of the disaster. This could potentially save lives. One can only imagine how things might have been different if we had had Twitter during 9/11.

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