Twitter users are everywhere.
Twitter users are everywhere. Even next to Bin Laden's hide-out in Abbottabad, Pakistan. President Obama announced the big news today that US soldiers killed Osama Bin Laden today in Pakistan. A Twitter user named Sohaib Athar was the first to report it on the internet, albeit he did not know what he was reporting. It became clear only afterwards.
Sohaib Athar is getting hammered by journalist requests from around the world and his follower count is up over 17,000. Sohaib Athar takes is sudden celebrity status with humor: "Interesting, I didn't think my name would trend on Twitter before releasing a couple of rock albums and a few award-winning software...".
Even CNN cannot beat that kind of coverage that Twitter users can offer. For many events you just do not know when and where they happen. You can cover the Royal Wedding, but not a covert attack of the CIA in Pakistan.