Social Media – The Future of News Is Here

The past year has been full of social media being the first to break the news. Even prior to this year I was hearing of earthquakes and good news reports from citizen journalists long before the traditional journalists showed up on the scene.

The Iran elections have changed the face of media and government control by a huge margin, and I think we’ve all understood that shift. To bring it closer to home, tonight I watched the following video – a live streaming video from @nrek that explained the hostage situation on 8th and Beech streets in downtown San Diego tonight.

Helicopters weren’t even on the scene until hours later, but we knew just about everything that was going on long before it was reported.

Here’s the video (albeit of course not as professional as a traditional journalist would produce, but still informational). Well done Enrique. Thanks for spreading the news and being on the cutting edge for those of us who watched tonight.

Nate Ritter lives in the Pacific Northwest (U.S.), popularized the #hashtag and creates web applications for a living. He also does miles and point hacking to enable cheap travel for his family. More here →

2 Comments on "Social Media – The Future of News Is Here"

  1. @DowntownRob says:

    Well, you don’t drive a Dodge Stratus, that’s confusing. ;)

    There have been reports and other examples of how social media, Twitter specifically, are going to change the face of breaking news forever. The landing of the plane in the Hudson, obviously very recently the Iran elections, your own coverage of previous fires, but this example of very local coverage, literally blocks away, live, as it happens, is what is so game-changing about it all.


  2. nate says:

    Yup, it’s been coming for a while. I love seeing the examples of it because we’re watching the world change right before our eyes. It’s fascinating.

    … and in case you didn’t know, that Dodge Stratus comment was in reference to the SNL skit. Finally, someone caught that. Leave it up to you Rob.

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