Monday, March 30, 2009

Twitter & Breaking News

So I am sat in my office this morning, catching up on my emails, listening to the news. All the news is bad and gloomy, news about the Dunfermline Building Society. The environment agency saying we should all have water meters as there is a shortage of water in the south east.

Checking twitscoop and found out that Sydney has had a big Blackout, and that Zombies had ruled. Always one to check the facts looked at some news sites from Sydney,25197,25264213-5006784,00.html gave other ways that Twitter was being used in this chaos.

Last time I was impressed by technology being used like this was a device called Blackberry, during the 9/11 attacks. I was still working for an Internet service provider, and we were struggling to keep any bandwidth available as everyone was logging on to find out what was going on. I had several contacts working in and around the World Trade Centre at the time, and afterwards they all reported on this new device that had in most cases continued to work whilst phones were just not able to connect.

Blackberries have obviously become a main stay not only of business but also making inroads into personal use.

Will Twitter be used so widely even in 5 years time? I doubt it but it is a wonderful tool, and one which you need to use to get to grips with.

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