The Twittered Inauguration. Though I doubt President Obama will twitter from the podium tomorrow, many others at the inauguration will post tweets, photos, and videos at what the NY Times is calling a “wireless Woodstock.” Although wireless networks are adding extra capacity, they’re still asking people to try to limit their wireless use. No shock if Twitter comes to a crashing halt at some point tomorrow.
Twitter as a news source. I like to Twitter, but mostly to aggregate links of personal interest. But Twitter is increasingly emerging as a powerful source of breaking news. I turned to it during the Gaza invasion as well as after the safe crash-landing of U.S. Airways Flight 1549. (The most fascinating pic was taken by Floridian Janis Krums and posted through Twitter.) Though Twitter isn’t necessarily authoritative or reliable, it’s a great way of getting the pulse of what concerns people right now.
You’re in Steelers Twitter Country. One last twittery thought. Being from the Steel City, no shock that I’m a big Steelers fan. Go Steelers in Super Bowl XLIII! But I gotta say: last night’s AFC Championship game was a brutal and exhausting four-hour marathon. As Peter King put it,”If I’ve ever been to a game with more intense hitting, I don’t remember it. This was primeval.” Like the players on the field, I was seriously worried for Raven Willis McGahee, who was carted from the field after a hard hit from Ryan Clark. Although it was a physical game, this is not what you ever want to see and I hope he’s ok. Many others shared that thought, and last night, McGahee was one of the trending searches on Twitter. I was happy to see many well-wishes for McGahee from Steelers as well as Ravens fans.