Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Twitter first to publish dramatic crash pictures

The social networking site Twitter again stole a march on traditional media when it was the first outlet to publish dramatic pictures of the Turkish Airlines crash.

Moments after the plane crashed at Amsterdam's Schipol airport on Wednesday morning the news was appearing on Twitter, iReport's International Correspondent Errol Barnett said.

"This is a story that broke on Twitter first and continued to unfold from there. Eyewitnesses were posting comments about the shock of seeing the plane 'dive' and amazement of passengers walking out of the wreckage," Barnett said.

"It was a dramatic image of a fractured plane posted on Twitter.com that was the first worldwide view of the Turkish Airlines crash. It was snapped by an eyewitness driving on the nearby A-9 highway, just north of the crash site."

Barnett said that when CNN saw the image it moved quickly to confirm with Dutch officials that a crash had happened.


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(We still don't understand Twitter as a media outlet. If someone posts a photo that is seen by five people in their circle of friends, does that qualify as beating everyone to the punch? If someone emails a cell phone photo directly to CNN, does that make cell phone users the next great media outlet?)

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