Twitter, now X, was once a useful site for breaking news. The Baltimore bridge collapse shows those days are long gone.

  • @Globeparasite
    link
    English
    -59
    edit-2
    2 months ago

    Twitter, now X, was once a useful site for breaking news.

    the fuck ? No it never was, the finest info you ever could find there was thinly veiled holocaust denial ? If journalists really think fucking twitter was ever an important source of news that explain the downfall of journalism

    • @pjwestin
      link
      English
      372 months ago

      What are you talking about? It was the go-to app for journalists for a decade. They could live report from events in a simple, chronological thread, or collect eye witness reports by quote tweeting personal accounts. I followed the Charlottesville and January 6th riots in real time by reading journalists threads. There was a lot of trival or even harmful bullshit on Twitter, but the way journalists used it was a huge positive.

    • 🇰 🔵 🇱 🇦 🇳 🇦 🇰 ℹ️
      link
      fedilink
      English
      22
      edit-2
      2 months ago

      It wasn’t the source of the news, but where people would consume news. Most of what the site was actually good for was making a notice with a link to a real article. Like an RSS feed with extra steps.

      That’s why I never got into it. The main way it was actually useful was still totally unnecessary.

      • @[email protected]
        link
        fedilink
        English
        42 months ago

        Kind of like Tiktok. Tiktok is a great place to find breaking news, but it’s not a great news source.

        • @[email protected]
          link
          fedilink
          English
          32 months ago

          Oh yeah, you’ll HEAR about it.

          Tiltok says in a menacing tone about any major incident or minor story.

      • @[email protected]
        link
        fedilink
        English
        -62 months ago

        The thing that happened 13 years ago and did nothing but overthrow Gaddafi, a man who, even if all criticism of his regime is valid, was replaced with something much worse because NATO doesn’t actually care about democracy for brown people?