Tim Russert is dead at 58 from an apparent heart attack. And I found out via Twitter.
Before it was on CNN. Before it was on the New York Times. Before I could Google it anywhere, Tim Russert’s death was reported on Twitter.
This is the power of word-of-mouth.
If you page back in the Summize logs, you can see how it started. You can see the very first mention. Then you can see how it spread from friend to friend, network to network. Re-tweets. Condolences. RIPs.
When Twitter works, it really works. It’s more powerful than any centralized media source. It unites us as individuals. It defines the present tense.
My friend Tony Bacigalupo said it best:
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