Twitter, tagging, and the T.O. blackout

cbc.ca | Blog Watch | Twitter shines in T.O. blackout

Tonight, I’m watching the power of Twitter in action. At around 10 p.m., the power went out in west Toronto. People started Twittering about it almost immediately.

Eventually, one Twitter-er, Ryan Coleman, suggested a hash-tag, a Twitter channel, for updates on the blackout:

propose #darkTO for power outage tweets.

Twitter users know a good tag when they see one…

This is really pretty neat. It beats getting people phoning the operator because they’re reaching a busy circuit for the Hydro outages line.

What’s really amazing is that these Twitterers all had to be either outside of the blackout area, running a backup generator, or in possession of an aircard w/laptop and/or (most likely) a cell. (Presents some interesting insights into how Twitter is actually getting used.)

For more about the outage in Toronto: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2009/01/15/power-outage.html?ref=rss

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