“There’s a plane in the Hudson.”

January 17, 2009

The wired world of global social networking.

The story of a plane crash landing in the Hudson River is quite remarkable. What is just as interesting is the fact that first information and pictures where not provided by the professional media but people on Twitter. At There’s a plane in the Hudson. I’m on the ferry going to pick up the people. Crazy. Together with a picture he shoot on his mobile he was supposed to be the very first person to publish the news.



And it quickly spread. Within minutes more and more pictures Flickr and comments appeared. Overnight this guy became quite popular, is giving interviews and now thinks about putting up a blog about the whole experience.

This proves that the so-called citizen journalism has at least one advantage over professionall journalism – it´s faster. The fact that countless people all over the world are using Twitter and other channels makes it quite likley that whatever happens will be witnessed and appears on the internet within seconds. It´s about chance and being at the right time at the right place. This is not to say that traditional media should feel threatened, but it´s an interesting effect of how a world-wide connected community can have an impact on society. I wonder if this will in any way change how historical events will be perceived in the future.


One Response to ““There’s a plane in the Hudson.””

  1. At about the two minute mark you can see US Air Flight 1549 skid into the Hudson. Then, you can see the passengers climb out onto the wings. This video is 10 minutes long. Actual video of Flight 1549 skidding into the Hudson.

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