Be Careful What You Wish For

I didn't use to believe that you can get news on Twitter faster than anywhere else. After all, how do you know the source is credible, right? (At the time I didn't know you could follow news site.)

I changed my mind of course when the earthquake hit Chile. I got updates and found out about things hours before news was broadcast on TV.

But that's still a 'cheat', in my opinion. After all, I found it out from a Tweet feed of a news site.

Well, I should know to be careful what I wished for.

My old geezer is in Tokyo and has been making sure his reputation is still intact - namely #1 drunkard, LOL. He had fun a couple of nights ago and then groaned about the need for water and hungover remedy.

So when earlier this afternoon he tweeted, "Was that an earthquake just now?" I didn't pay any mind to it, hahahaha...

I do know that it is possible not to be sure about experiencing it. After all, I had no idea there was an earthquake here, back in October - when everybody in the store had evacuated; people trying to reach me, hoping to make sure I was alright and everything. But in his case, I thought, "Drunkard." LOL.

Lo and behold, half an hour later my News timeline started listing down tweets about the earthquake in Tokyo.

Oops.

june1999 june1999
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6 Responses Mar 14, 2010

LOL, geetar.<br />
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Twitter has definitely been the place to go for information, local behind the scene gossip, be it politics, economy, etc. Or simply hilarious tweets from genuinely funny people.<br />
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True, the key is to wade through the mud, follow the right people.

LOL True Kris. The wealth that is Google's capability is something not thoroughly mined yet.<br />
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It's just the same with any kind of technology, really. It's as good as the user.

Twitter is most certainly not an idiotic social networking tool. <br />
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Look what happened in Iran. Protests were called and coordinated in nearly real time and this was in a country that isn't exactly a tech haven. <br />
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Nevertheless, the most powerfull entity in the world is Google....<br />
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They can track flu outbreaks in real time. Weeks before anything else could detect it. They might know who you talk to, what your interests really are, what you are working on, where you are, what times you are most likely in a location...they may have access to your voicemail, email, they may know your phone numbers...<br />
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It would floor you. They cooridnated my work, home, and mobile IP addresses and provided me with a complete history of everything I had done through search. <br />
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The NSA would die for this much access. <br />
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They have pictures of most roads in the country and quite a bit more including most houses. <br />
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They have so much network connectivity that they actually replicate every email, voicemail, and document in real time to multiple datacenters. The only things capable of taking them offline at this point are events like LARGE meteor impacts that affect millions of square miles.<br />
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But I digress.

True, Kris. We haven't adopted much of technology here at the office, they have just seen the light of Facebook LOL but yeah, it depends on how you use it. Twitter spread a piece of information quicker than anything else I've ever seen.<br />
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Shinigami, once I educate you on how to use it, you'll be a die hard Tweep, hahahahaha.. It's so much more than the idiotic social network some people are trying to make it to be. I'm going to try and write another post on why it is useful to have a Twitter account.

Very interesting... I have yet to give in to the Twitter craze. How long do you think I can hold out? I have always just looked at it as a social gimmick and I don't really care what Ashton Kutcher eats on his oatmeal. Is it really that useful?

Twitter is very useful. The IT department where I work uses it to notify users about problems. As a general rule following their feed notifies users of issues before most of them would<br />
have even noticed.<br />
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That is incredibly local and usefull news. It's usefull to them also because they don't need to waste valuable time letting 50 people know what is happening.