The King is dead. Long live the King.

28 Jun

Rumours of  The King of Pop’s death prompted many of us to seek immediate confirmation. We defaulted to the place where  news (and speculation) is truly up to date: Twitter of course. It took 15 minutes before any legit news org was willing to declare him dead but tweets had already made it plain long before then.mjbig

Five years ago we would have hit CNN. These days, even CNN is trolling Twitter for the latest breaking news. When it comes to immediacy, Twitter, is the King of Now. The episode really drove that home for me.


2 Responses to “The King is dead. Long live the King.”

  1. lanej0 June 28, 2009 at 1:35 pm #

    It’s funny that you mention CNN and twitter. Twitter was the first place I read the news, “confirmed” it with the LA Times web site, and then CNN didn’t break the news until a good 20 minutes after the LA Times. I think that the story originated at, but most people wouldn’t describe them as a credible news source.

  2. dougbrowncreative June 28, 2009 at 1:56 pm #

    Thanks for the comment. Interesting that we worked in opposite directions. I heard that he had suffered a heart attach through online news orgs, went to Twitter and heard his death confirmed through TMZ. Lots of tweeters calling for calm until there was official confirmation. But by then we all knew.

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