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From: CNN - [edition.cnn.com...]
...Barnett said that when CNN saw the image it moved quickly to confirm with Dutch officials that a crash had happened.
"Within minutes we were reporting on the story. We then confirmed with the Twitter user that the image was theirs and took it to air.
"This proves that social networking sites can be a real asset in covering breaking news and gathering eyewitness accounts but the web should always be treated with extreme caution," Barnett said...
Twitter first rose to prominence during the Mumbai terror attacks, when people sent messages to their sites from the hotels under attack.
CNN video about twitter coverage: [edition.cnn.com...]
Mainstream media are starting to pick this up more and more. Twitter has been gaining some serious momentum since its live coverage of the Mumbai attacks.
[edited by: rogerd at 8:55 pm (utc) on Feb. 25, 2009]
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The only benefit I can think of is the reports are CONCISE, being limited to 140 characters. As Jack Webb used to say: "Just the facts, ma'am. We want just the facts."