Instant communications about events are enhanced by micro-blogging. Although back in the summer on 10 July when there was a bomb alert in Belfast, only two people Tweeted about it – me and someone else milling around the Waterfront. At that time there was smoke coming from a building in west London which was getting a lot more attention from the Twitterati. London was recently recognised as the Twitter capital of the world. So we haven’t got the bulk users yet.
Short form messaging will play a real part in breaking news in the future, but for now Twitter and similar are reactive spaces. Throughout September there was hardly a mention of the Nobel Prize. Yet on 9 October according to trendistic.com the Nobel Peace Prize was the biggest topic – for a day.
- Great comment on TIME: Nobel committee should be given a peace prize for uniting the twitterverse in sarcasm
- Was that thunder we heard? Or Alfred Nobel rolling over in his grave?
- Must have been the "beer summit" that put #obama over the top for the Nobel Peace Prize. What else could it have been?
You don’t get a lot of analysis in 140 characters, but you do get sense the mood. Sometimes you’ll find pithy observations.