I flew to Atlanta today for Tech-Ed North America. Tech Ed is a Microsoft public event that provides the most comprehensive technical education across Microsoft’s current and soon-to-release suite of products, solutions, and services. www.msteched.com.
While taking a taxi to my hotel I noticed that the interstate on the other side of the barrier was shutdown with a huge presence of police. I asked the taxi cab driver what was going on. He stated he didn’t know but it has been shutdown for 3 hours and that on the radio they didn’t know why. I took that as a challenge to find out why. So I search the internet using Bing. I couldn’t find anything. No, Google didn’t find anything either – nice try. I refused to fail. Then I checked on Twitter. On twitter I found that First Lady Michelle Obama was giving a commencement speech at Spelman College here in Atlanta. I then triumphantly gave the cab driver the information.
This incident helped me realize that Twitter is an amazing tool that really has changed the world. I have several examples of why I see this tool as having such a huge impact on our world. It was only about a year ago that I thought Twitter was a big lame waste of time. I thought it was just a bunch of people telling you what they had for lunch or that they were sitting in boring line… lame, lame lame. But then came the Chicago earthquake on February 10th 2010. A coworker knew the details within minutes of the quake due to twitter. Wow! Where else online could you find that out that fast? This was the start of my enlightenment about the power of twitter. Just think about the huge impact Twitter has had on the world in the past 6 months. It played a huge part in the unrest around the world. It continues to help us know what is happening in the Middle East. It is a true intelligence tool. It doesn’t leave the reporting of news to the traditional reporters. News passes around the world in seconds as it happens through they eyes of everyday people. Another example of this is the guy who was tweeting about the US Navy Seals helicopters as they swooped in to nab Osama Bin Laden. Yes, Twitter is really a very powerful tool.