There was a fire at Gulmohar Mills, Dadar yesterday. Well… fires happen, and its a tragedy. But what was interesting to me was where the “news” got their news! once again, twitter surprised me.
“official sources” state that the fire started at around 12-12.30. and at 1:15 @roohikhatri reported it. Although i wasn’t watching tv then… i think that this was the first statement of the fire on twitter, and may hazard that Roohi was the first “reporter” of the story.
Wait! WAIT! it gets more interesting – Google Gulmohar mills go on… google it. Whats the first thing we see? THIS . who has posted it? @swati_chopra . Who is she? Well she’s an anchor for CNN-IBN, who works primarily in the entertainment field. But when it comes to the first “image” of the fire, she gets the credit. And where has she posted? On twitter. at 2pm.
Rediff.com gave the first “official” net report at 13:45 – just a tiny blurb. But you can’t beat swati. SHe wins!
Ofcourse then… later all other media comes in.
Which makes me think. Just like #haagendazssucks (remember that?) twitter is very exciting for reporting immediate local news, and depending on the grapevine to forward, RT, whatever….
I hope to bring you further insight on this after speaking to swati and roohi.