It has been well-blogged already that news of the east coast earthquake traveled so fast on Twitter, people were reading about it on their computers and mobile devices before feeling it reach their location. This is an interesting fact, but nothing earth-shattering (well, literally, yes, but… oh, nevermind). It’s happened via television and telephone for years.
It’s a neat little fact. It’s also at least a little tasteless.
The video below may be done in good fun, but it also sets an important and bad precedent. People should not be encouraged to Tweet during anything like an earthquake. It may be harmless in this case, but there are other times when people instinctively reaching for their phones to discuss the amazing natural or unnatural disasters around them can be negative.
It isn’t even the safety issue. I suppose it’s just the fact that Twitter itself produced the video. Yes, they can use every bit of publicity they can get and this particular video was meant to be funny.
It was old news by the time they made it, and for a service that hangs its hat on the speed in which they bring the news, this video was released well after the “Twitter is faster than an earthquake” buzz had already died down.
Poor move, Twitter. Here’s the video, anyway. I can’t help myself, even when ranting.
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