Twitter:: breaking new ground?

A US man may have made history by telling his online friends “Holy f–cking s–t – I was just in a plane crash” seconds after the accident.

Twitter user Mike Wilson was on board the Continental Airline’s 737 in Denver, in the US mid-west, when it slid off the runway during take-off yesterday.

At least 38 people suffered minor injuries after the Texas-bound plane slid off the runway – shearing its landing gear – and dropped into a 12m ravine. 

While the passengers gathered at the terminal, he vented his disgust at not being invited into the airline’s presidential lounge. 

“Continental keeping us locked up at the presidents club until they can sort everything out. Won’t even serve us drinks :(

“You have your wits scared out of you, drag your butt out of a flaming ball of wreckage and you can’t even get a vodka-tonic.” 

Despite losing his glasses during the evacuation, Mr Wilson managed to use his phone to take a photo of the crash scene and instantly uploaded it onto the web as he fled from the plane. 

It is not known what the cause of the accident was. 

He later thanked other Twitter users for their concern and support.

Twitter is an online social networking service that allows its users to send and read other users’ updates, otherwise known as tweets.

If anyone wants to ask why web 2.0 is useful as well as fun… quote this story and don’t forget to say that via Twitter people were able to find out really quickly that this guy was ok…

 

Tweet.

Kristy

State Library of South Australia

As a few of you may know, I recently took a trip to Adelaide where I happened to stumble across the State Library of South Australia. The older wing of the library is beautiful, although the photos don’t quite do it justice! Click on the photos below to enlarge.

New article by Stephen Abram on Web 2.0 and librarians

http://www.imakenews.com/sirsi/e_article000505688.cfm

While the article is somewhat a sales pitch for his firm SirsiDynix I did like the overall tone and the exposition of the idea of Librarian 2.0, which reminds us that Web 2.0 is all about us as contrivbutors it is not a top down technology, but an opening to allow us (all users) to share and contribute.

 

What is truly exciting is that Web 2.0 is just the title of a conversation. There is no standard (at least not just a single one). We can all participate and influence the development of the next generation of the Web. To the detail oriented, this conversation may be too high in the stratosphere without enough concrete recommendations, and to the theoretically inclined, it may remain too visionary for real implementation. Among all of us, it is worth following. Web 2.0 is probably the series title of the most important conversation of our age – and one whose impacts can be truly transformational on a global scale.”

ALIA New Librarians Symposium

 

The 4th Symposium was held in Melbourne last week, the website is here http://conferences.alia.org.au/newlibrarian2008/index.html and the photos are here http://www.flickr.com/groups/504662@N20/

It is worth keeping a watch on the website for when the papers go online.