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Twitter moves faster than earthquake

Interesting phenomena about how the internet sometimes can show you a glimpse into your future. Apparently, when the earthquake hit the east coast a few days ago, twitter was flooded with tweets as it was happening. In fact, if you were following tweeps from the Charlottesville area (as I do), and you live say in NYC, you would have been given advanced warning about your potential future.

Now granted, it’s just a few seconds of warning, but still, it’s amazing how twitter has been used to broadcast the Iranian protests against the improprieties that occurred during the last elections, the Mumbai terrorist attacks, the Egyptian/Libyan/Algerian/Syrian uprisings and now earthquakes.

Interestingly enough, this was predicted by Randall Munro in a comic he did about a year and a half ago:

  1. Ryan
    August 26, 2011 at 10:52 am

    I never really understood Twitter and its power until last February, but I think you’ve got this right. Like lots of other stuff, we use it for stupid things a lot of the time, but that doesn’t decrease its potential nor its power when used for potentially powerful thing.

    • Ody
      August 26, 2011 at 5:28 pm

      It’s amazing how quickly (e.g. Michael Jackson’s death) twitter spreads the news. Imagine what it would have been like on 9/11? Or VA Tech?

  2. Jim
    August 26, 2011 at 11:15 am

    I was back inside the house within a minute or so after the shaking stopped and posted on FB. The thing is that we (east coasters) didn’t know whether that was a pre-shock or whether it was all over. A friend from the West Coast assured us there would be aftershocks, which there were.

    • Ody
      August 26, 2011 at 5:27 pm

      Facebook? That’s so last year! Are you still in Richmond or have you evacuated back to Stuttgart?

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