Thursday, January 14, 2010

The Web is flat

HuffPost: "The Web Is Flat — The World Responds to Haiti's Earthquake Online"

"We've said it before and we'll say it again: The Web is flat. And in a world made smaller by the Internet and new technologies, we become each other's witnesses — one text, one tweet, one Facebook status update, one YouTube video, one Wikipedia view and edit at a time... [snip]

"Wikipedia, as always, has been a source for thousands of info-seekers. The Wikipedia article titled '2010 Haiti earthquake' was created at around 8:30 a.m. EST on Jan. 13, just a few seconds after the 7 magnitude quake struck near Port-au-Prince, the capital city. The article has been edited about 800 times in the past 24 hours, Lise Broer, a long-time Wikipedia editor whose username is Durova told HuffPostTech. It got 168,000 page views yesterday, Broer added. As of 6:30 p.m. EST, the 2,745-word article lists 106 sources — from a news perspective, it's the most comprehensive article on the tragedy."

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