Andrew Ostrow of Mashable had an interesting post pointing out how the new Twitter Lists have already become excellent resources for the public during emergencies as was demonstrated last week during the Ft. Hood shootings.
The Lists allow Twitter users to organize the feeds they’re following into groups. And, Ostrow notes the work of several news organizations as part of their Ft. Hood coverage to provide a “real-time view of what multiple sources — both local and national — are reporting”:
“The New York Times: Their Fort Hood Shootings list has updates from news organizations throughout Texas, the US Army, as well as what look to be several citizen journalists on the ground…
Dallas Morning News: Reporter Scott Goldstein has taken it upon himself to setup a list of news sources…
CNN: The cable news network has created its own Fort Hood list with local and national sources. It’s the first list the network has created on its breaking news (@cnnbrk) account, which has more than 2.8 million followers.
What’s really interesting here from a media perspective is that we’re seeing news organizations that compete vigorously for breaking news turning to real-time curation to help tell the story. And the result is certainly a win for media consumers – rather than searching far and wide for local news from Fort Hood, it’s all being aggregated for us by news organizations we trust. It certainly might be a glimpse of what’s to come from the Twitter Lists feature.”
I have put together an emergency preparedness list on my Twitter feed, and I’ll be highlighting some lists being set up for Hurricane Ida. [UPDATE: Andy Carvin at National Public Radio is putting together a list for Ida at twitter.com/nprnews/hurricane-ida]
Thanks to Jimmy Jazz who referred me to the Mashable post.