About 30 minutes ago, a simple search for transit and urban policy issues turned into a desperate and frantic effort to find out what messed up my Macbook Pro.
After deleting two recently installed Firefox addons — to no avail — I finally had the bright idea to check Twitter. Surely, if I wasn’t the only one experiencing this problem, others would be tweeting about it.
Turns out, I was right (as evidenced by the plethora of tagged tweets). The ability to see the world in real time is exactly why I’m a Twitter user and advocate.
We saw another example of this last July when an earthquake rocked Southern California. Literally, within seconds, Twitter was abuzz with people talking about the event. It would be minutes before any news outlet was able to organize and report the story.
Today is another example of Twitter’s power and potential. It’s ability to quickly dissiminate information is one of the reasons I believe the tool will change the landscape of not only social media, but the entire Internet as well.
Whatever you’re looking to do — connect with new friends, engage your customers, or even start a business — Twitter should be a part of your equation.