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Is Twitter the New CNN?

June 22nd, 2009

In a recent article, Brian Solis of Tech Crunch asks is Twitter the CNN of the new media generation? Well I don’t know if I’m a full-fledged member of the new media generation yet, but after this weekend I say yes.

I was preparing to head out to a rain-soaked US Open golf tournament on Sunday morning at 5:30 a.m. – yes 5:30 a.m. There were rumors it would be delayed an hour or more or postponed all together. I searched the internet frantically, ESPN.com, the official US Open site, CNN, Newsday – you name it. Not one site had an update on the tournament. And then I thought, what about Twitter? I heard that pro golfer Stewart Cink tweets religiously. I called up my Twitter page, followed @stewartcink and low-and-behold found out immediately that the tournament would begin play Sunday at noon. Fifteen minutes later, ESPN.com had the same information posted.

That’s the beauty of Twitter — the information is instantaneous. As soon as something happens, you can just about guarantee something will be tweeted about it. In this case it was the schedule of a golf tournament, in other cases, it’s what happening in Iran.

So is Twitter the CNN of the new media generation? Maybe. Is it changing the way that news and information in general is shared? Absolutely. I know I’ll be tuned in to TNN going forward.

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