Twitter vs traditional news

For those who haven’t read it yet, Phil Bradley’s blog features an excellent ‘realtime’ review of the coverage of the California earthquake yesterday, demonstrating quite clearly the timelag between what Phil now considers ‘traditional’ news providers (web-based news sites) and the breadth and immediacy of information he was able to access via Twitter. Twitter must now be taken seriously as a source for news.

Meanwhile, News International will press ahead with its decision to charge for online content. Content that may not be able to compete with Twitter when it comes to ‘on the spot’ reporting.