Baltimore's first earthquake tweet
We all know by now that social media, specifically networks such as Twitter and Facebook, played a big role in connecting people after yesterday's earthquake. [Note:Did you see my story about it?]
Well, the folks at Twitter sifted through all those messages yesterday and then emailed me with some interesting facts, including Baltimore's first earthquake tweet.
The tweet came from Verna-Catherine (@prettyinbluee_) Her first tweet was "Earthquake?" (see above)
At first, as you see by her tweets, she thought someone was breaking into her house. Then, she grabbed her dog and her TV.
Here's the tweeter -- she's fast with her texting. Someone in the media should think about hiring her!
My favorite tweet of hers: "People just happy that something interesting happened in MD."
Some other earthquake facts from Twitter, courtesy of PR person Jodi Olson:
* A Tweet can reach your followers in less than a second. So in areas far from the epicenter, some people read Tweets about the quake before they felt it.
* Within a minute of the earthquake, there were more than 40,000 earthquake-related Tweets.
* Twitter hit about 5,500 Tweets per second (TPS). For context, this TPS is more than Osama Bin Laden's death & on par with the Japanese quake.
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