posted by Carie
Ok, I’m really, finally, starting to get the value of Twitter.
Bottom line: real-time communication when other methods aren’t available.
-Particularly when the communication is urgent, such as during natural disasters or when you want to broadcast your current whereabouts and your status for safety reasons:
“The most important thing on my mind was to let someone know where we were so that there would be some record of it … so we couldn’t [disappear].”
“It was my big hope that people would get [the message] right away and at least put a thumbtack on the map as far as our location,” Buck said.
Note as well the value and use of a virtual network. The translator that is still imprisoned doesn’t have one, but Buck is using his virtual network to try to help free his friend. Viva la Web 2.0 (could this have happened ten years ago? How about five?).
Interesting aside: The subject of the story, James Buck, was “working on a multimedia project on Egypt’s “new leftists and the blogosphere” as part of his master’s degree thesis.” Cool.