August 2011 Earthquake and how Twitter has Surpassed Newspapers

Today at approximately 1:50pm there was a 5.9 magnitude earthquake just outside of Washington, D.C. It was felt all over the eastern seaboard and as far north as Ottawa Ontario.

This was the first earthquake I have ever felt but what I found more interesting however was that it took traditional newspapers upwards of 20 minutes to report on anything while tweets were flying in faster than people could read them. In the age of Twitter, Facebook and other social networks people are demanding up-to-the second news and waiting even a few minutes can be to long.

I’m constantly finding articles that newspapers are passing off as “breaking” that I have already read days before. It’s gotten to the point where almost everything written in a newspaper (and most of their online articles) are just re-hashed versions of something I’ve read before. Will we ever see a day where traditional newspapers cease to exist?