The Speed of News

David Eu @eunner I found myself fascinated with how news travels today in light of the unfortunate Asiana jetliner from South Korea plane crash at San Francisco International Airport. It appeared as though Twitter was sent into lightening speed with accurate information regarding the accident, while the rest of the possible news outlets struggled to catch up.

At 12:29 CT, there was a tweet from Krista Seiden, @kristaseiden, with an eyewitness account of seeing a plane crash as she boarded her flight at SFO. Then at 12:30 CT, a retweet from Adam Singer, @AdamSinger, is what brought the crash to my attention.

At 12:38 CT, the first traditional news outlet, San Francisco's KTVU Fox2 announced via Twitter that they were gathering news with a story to come.

At 12:48 CT, MSNBC was kicking a soccerball around to each other.

At 1:06 CT, the first major news story was out on the New York Times.

At 1:13 CT, a tweet was sent out by David Eun, @Eunner, who was a passenger aboard the flight.

At 1:22 CT, SFGate's Twitter reported the crash, as reported by the AP. That's right, San Francisco's own newspaper had to quote the AP in order to report on a story that happened in their backyard.

2 minutes later, at 1:24 CT, The Chronicle had its story out on SFGate.

At 1:26 CT, Obama's Twitter was discussing Immigration reform. Coincidentally, as a flight crashes in the US from South Korea.

At 2:00 CT, the first Facebook update using the hashtag #asiana is recorded by Steve Curry, who has 28 followers.

At 2:12 CT, my mom texted me to ask if I knew anyone on the flight. I guess she assumes I know everyone in San Francisco.

At 2:24 CT, the first post happens in my Facebook timeline. This was a link to David Eun's twitter post. A full 2 hours after everyone else had been discussing it.

Yes, this is entirely based off my friends, who I follow and where I get my news. However, a majority of the people I'm friends with are based in San Francisco. Some of these same friends posted something on Twitter and not at all on Facebook. The social networks have always been known to serve different audiences, but it's fascinating that Facebook is becoming so far removed from providing anything relevant outside of baby photos, humblebrags, checkins and sponsored posts.