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Haiti Earthquake Pictures Hit Twitter Before Traditional News

By: Bianca Bartz - Published: • References: pcworld
After seeing how rapidly Haiti earthquake pictures spread on the web thanks to Tweets and Twitpics, it’s no wonder Twitter is fast becoming a mainstream news source.

“Twitter was a key tool for distributing images and information from Haiti—just as it has been in a number of other crises across the globe. The Sydney Morning Herald reported that images sent via Twitpic and other Twitter-based photo services were hitting the Internet long before news agencies produced anything similar,” according to PC World.

TV and radio hosts in the Caribbean country were using Twitter as a resource for their stories, and Haiti earthquake pictures were making their way from Twitter feeds to the CNN news desk.

While Twitter can’t always be trusted as a credible source of news, in situations like breaking news, it is the fastest way to get unbiased, unfiltered, uncensored information and imagery, getting word out much faster than mainstream media could ever do.

The gallery above includes a few of the Haiti earthquake pictures currently found on the Twitpic accounts of Mr_Sak_Pase and 1080i60. Stats for Twitpics as News Trending: Older & Warm
Traction: 16,874 clicks in 257 w
Interest: 4 minutes
Concept: Twitpics As News
Related: 103 examples / 79 photos
Segment: Neutral, 12-35
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