Twitter turned into a photo and video gallery Monday night and Tuesday, with people posting striking images and clips of Superstorm Sandy's devastation.
For nearly 50 years, Americans turned to the television for news about national emergencies, from the Kennedy assassination to 9/11. Sometime after in the years since 2001, that focus shifted to the Internet. Now it's Twitter that gets the news out.
Here are some of the best images and video I was able to find on Twitter last night and today.
Click through on this and other images in this gallery to see larger versions.
A story which struck me today: Hurricane Sandy generated 20 million tweets. Huge, right? Shows Twitter has taken over the world?
Not at all. This could be half a million people tweeting an average of 40 times each over several days (or one million people tweeting 20 times each; and so on). The figure sounds big, but it's still a niche audience, no?
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