SoCal earthquake has everyone a-Twitter
UPDATED: On its blog, Twitter posted a chart showing how quickly information spread after the earthquake. And it gives credit to a user named Caroline (Vixy) as the first to Twitter the quake. Her post was short and to the point: "Earthquake." Here's a roundup of early tweets that broke the news.
Twitter was first on the scene again when an estimated 5.4-magnitude earthquake struck near Los Angeles today.
Tweets started rumbling nearly as soon as the ground stopped shaking. That's a lot of Twittering on the Richter scale.
"So, now people tweet first and then run for safety?" one amused onlooker commented on Feedalizr.
To be fair, regular-people-turned-citizen-journalists used all kinds of social messaging services to get the word out about the latest natural disaster. The quake quickly became a popular topic on FriendFeed and elsewhere.
Twitter is just one of the fastest ways ...
... to disseminate information. That was the case in May when a 7.8 earthquake hit China. Now Twitter also has a new search site (formerly called Summize) which makes it easier to find information. Just go to Twitter and search for earthquake.
VentureBeat's Eric Eldon posted a message on Twitter: "hope no one was hurt in SoCal earthquake. also, not looking forward to yet more posts about twitter breaking the news *first*"
In fact, Eldon said: "i hear people in SoCal heard about the earthquake through twitter before the earthquake even started!"
Talk about ground-breaking technology.
Here's a feed of tweets containing the term "earthquake."
-- Jessica Guynn
Photo: Los Angeles Police Department employees react to the earthquake in downtown L.A. Credit: Bryan Chan / Los Angeles Times