Plane Goes Down, Social Media Fire Up

Many of us watched in amazement the news accounts of the U.S. Airways jet going down in the Hudson River Thursday. We saw the images of the passengers standing on the wing as they climbed out of the sinking fuselage, appearing to be walking on water. Not a bad image, considering the miracle no one was killed. We heard interviews from passengers, recounting the heroics of the crew. We saw ferry boats dotting the waters as they rushed to aid the people floating in the frigid waters. I also noticed something else as this was unfolding. I rushed to update my Facebook status that we were streaming live network coverage on wibw.com - and found several others had updated their status to refer to the incident as well - from "omg! a plane went down!" to "holy cow!" to "a lot of guardian angels on the hudson" to "wolf b. is rocking it!" I switched over to Twitter to give a few tweets from the Associated Press updates - and found many people doing the same. The topper came when, during CNN coverage, they tossed to a reporter to give some background on the pilot - and she cited his Linked In profile! We know we can use these social media to keep in touch with friends and business contacts, but we learn more every day about how they can be used to spread information. Is this good? bad? indifferent? How do you foresee this wired future unfolding?

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