When the news first broke of an explosion at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, I didn’t find out about it from a TV news channel, or from a news website; a fellow editor in the Yahoo! Canada newsroom shouted, “hey, did you guys see what’s happened in Boston? There’s been an explosion at the marathon. It’s all over Twitter.”
And for the first five minutes after the news broke, that’s where the world looked for information on what happened; people who were there quickly tweeted (uncensored) photos from the scene, and those photos were retweeted thousands of times as people sought out more news about the incident. It wasn’t long before online news sites and TV stations started covering the news, but it was communication on Twitter that got the news out fastest.
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