. . . the Twitter stream had already moved from rumor to fact to strange observations (Hitler was confirmed dead exactly 66 years before) to criticisms of Fox News (for spelling “Osama” with a “B”) to inappropriate jokes and fake accounts — OsamainHell tweeted about not being able to do any more videos, while GhostOsama regretted enabling location on his tweets.
Meanwhile, Obama finished talking and Brian Williams resumed his solemn platitudes and the TV suddenly seemed very old and boring.
In other words, Twitter was faster, more accurate, and more entertaining than any other news source out there.
New York magazine editor Adam Moss says that the event made him a Twitter convert, acknowledging, “Some of the information was incorrect but it corrects itself and that’s how it works.”
Obviously Huffington is hoping that the formula she used with The Huffington Post works for Patch as well. The problem, of course, is that a Patch in Fridley, Minnesota, doesn’t exactly offer the kind of exposure that HuffPo did. But hey, if the writers for Local Voices are indeed high school students, like Patch’s Editor-in-Chief Brian Farnham says they can be, at least they won’t have money to sue one day.
At the flagship newspaper, The Washington Post, troubles with sliding print ads and declining circulation continued, while higher sales at the company’s online edition of the newspaper and the Slate group of Web sites failed to make up the shortfall.