Right now (Thursday Night @ 10:34 PM) I can hear a loud helicopter hovering near my apartment. It's been going on for like ten minutes. I updated my Twitter status to:
@mikerevolution helicopter hovering near apartment; annoyed and nervous.
After I did that, I got curious and entered the term "santa monica" in the search bar and saw the following Tweets:
@BradFranklin @MM73 are you in Santa monica by chance. can you here a helicopter. any idea what's going on? police helicopter maybe?? I'm at Montana & 2nd
@joey1980 : there are several helicopters hovering in the same area towards the beach in Santa Monica. mysterious!
tonychen 3-4 choppers flying over santa monica beach or off the coast - what's going on??
@ButtercupD ahhhh, huge multiple car crash on PCH in santa monica. that's why the g-bird is out!! hovering over PCH.
The same search on Google couldn't give me up to the minute updates or news. This is why I think there's chatter that "Twitter is the new Google." Within seconds I got useful information. I experienced first hand the power of social media, and the marvelous utility of Twitter-like technology. Hopefully this tool is put to great use. It allows for instant feedback and communication while taking advantage of a network. Michael likes this.