Twitter grabs spotlight with Janis Krums' US Airways crash photo, then won't shut up about it
Friday, January 16th 2009, 11:30 AM
There's no lack of pride in citizen journalism.
One of the most instantly iconic photographs of Thursday's miracle on the Hudson was first seen by tens of thousands on the micro-blogging site Twitter, taken via iPhone by Janis Krums. It's an incredible photo, the first close-up image of the US Airways plane that plunged into the Hudson River, posted on what is truly a breakthrough means of distribution.
For Krums, it was his 15 seconds of fame - and well-deserved.
But the aftermath?
For the most part, the Internet buzzed for hours and hours as Twitterers patted themselves on the back. Self-congratulatory - and often self-indulgent - posts, complete with links to blog entries about the slow death of the mainstream media and plenty of re-linking to that same photo - viewed almost 40,000 times on TwitPic.com within the first four hours. And later, finally - tweets about being tweeted out.
Most of the tweets? They linked to information provided by that same dying mainstream media, including photos by Reuters and AP and clips of television interviews. The best offerings, few and far between, were the scattered posts from people watching from office windows or shared photos on Flickr taken from afar.
Great community building and a fantastic way to share breaking news and information, no doubt.
Something to be celebrated and embraced? Absolutely.
The death of professional newsgathering? Hardly.
with Lauren Johnston
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