The shocking speed of social media
Posted on May 2, 2011 at 6:41 am
Last night’s events show just how astonishingly fast social media is these days. And it was a pretty amazing show.
I first saw news of the upcoming speech by President Obama over twitter about 20 minutes before the scheduled start time. Within in those 20 minutes, the news of Osama bin Laden’s assignation was leaked and then independently confirmed.
Then news came over twitter that the Wikipedia page for bin Laden had been updated to include his death. This was done before President Obama even made the official announcement.
Before the president even finished speaking, word came over twitter that Google maps had been updated to show where bin Laden’s hideout was located.
Shortly after Obama’s announcement, my state representatives took to twitter to make their public statements on the unfolding events. These were retweeted by my local paper. The paper then asked for people’s reactions to the death, which were then included in this morning’s edition.
During all of this, my cousin, who’s in the military, was DM’ing me over Facebook to gauge my reaction to the news and share her own thoughts.
Before I went to bed about an hour after the announcement, there were already three posts on Huffington Post’s homepage from people discussing their reaction to the news. And the New York Times had already posted bin Laden’s obituary.
With our connected world, it seems there is no time to dally, process information, or confirm facts. People want to know what you think right away. I see both power and danger in this new world of social media.