Aug 9, 2009, 4:28 PM
Post #6 of 20
It is just another way in which people can use the Internet to spread information in real time. I can remember when a fellow in San Cristobal de Las Casas began posting on a usenet newsgroup about violence breaking out in the tranquil town. It was the first reports of the Zapatista rebellion and wasn't picked up by the mainstream media for several hours. Likewise the events in Iran following the disputed election were chronicled by everyday people using Twitter and, in this case, the news agencies relied upon them for content. It isn't all important news, there is a lot of inane and silly stuff but one can easily filter what is received. I follow some political pundits and also keywords like San Miguel de Allende, Tijuana etc. People post messages and they appear in a queue on my IPhone twitter app.
Some Twitter apps also allow you to see all messages sent within a specific distance from your current location. While I was writing this post, I got a Tweet about a thunderstorm approaching Austin which has been in a serious drought. A couple of minutes later, the rain began but doesn't look like it will amount to much.
(This post was edited by Brian on Aug 9, 2009, 4:39 PM)