News of Michael Jackson drives Tweets

Bambi Francisco Roizen · June 25, 2009 · Short URL:

Twitter for breaking rumors, CNN for confirmation

Minutes after TMZ broke the news that Michael Jackson died, I turned to... Twitter, of course.

I didn't turn to Twitter for confirmation, but just to see how many people were Twittering about it. Within a few seconds, more than 5,000 Tweets had streamed in. Within five minutes, 27,000 Tweets were made.  Most Tweets were useless noise, as one can imagine. (They probably also slowed the service down.)

For breaking news, CNN is still the source.  

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Bambi Francisco Roizen

Founder and CEO of Vator, a media and research firm for entrepreneurs and investors; Managing Director of Vator Health Fund; Co-Founder of Invent Health; Author and award-winning journalist.

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