Thursday, 25 June 2009

Michael Jacksons Dies... Twitter watches on... my experience

I recieved a text about Michael Jackson having a heart attack. Like everyone else I found it difficult to believe. For the first time I checked Twitter as news of a heart attack broke. I watched rumours grow over about half an hour. Hundreads of tweets appearing every few seconds.

Upon one refresh, within 4 seconds 13,000 tweets had appeared as news of his death broke on

The terms Michael Jackson and cardiac arrest creeped up the trend monitor on the right hand side of the screen until they reached the top of the rankings. Upon which twitter failed to cope.

It was a truely surreal experience to watch a news event as huge as this break in real time.

Its hard to describe how strange it was unless you saw it happen. Im just disappointed it had to be in terms of such bad news. A true music legend has passed on.

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