maybe most significantly, it showed that it could be a place to go for real time updates on major news; tragic events like the Boston Marathon bombing and world news like Arab Spring had their first breaking moments on Twitter.
Flying with a Wounded Wing: Why Twitter Still Has More Than a Chance
Gary Vaynerchuk

Which is still one of my favourite ways of using the platform. Searching news sites still isn’t as effective for finding out what’s going on, when you first get wind that something is going on. Maybe not for deep diving into an issue, but for reporting on the scene, from multiple sources, now with photos & videos, it’s still very powerful.

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