Further to my bitter ramblings about the way that every news event is followed by crap articles explaining how Twitter saved the day, yesterday evening a plane ditched in the Hudson river. Today, with crushing predictability, we get the Twangles – first from The Guardian (check out the headline) then from the BBC’s Rory Cellan-Jones, who amazingly found out about the crash at 21.45 thanks to the wonder of microblogging.
Great. Brilliant. Except that I found out a good hour earlier while waiting for a DLR train at Limehouse because it was already making the US news websites (picked it up on Gawker, followed it to MSNBC). Perhaps I should cough up a six hundred word article on this amazing new way to distribute news – you know, “news stories”. They’re a bit like tweets, but long enough to contain all the pertinent facts, correctly spelled and actually verified. Must. Inform. World.