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Using Twitter to get news on earthquake

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I had an idea the other day to use Twitter to get news coming directly from the Sichuan Province. I had just learned about twitterlocal.net a website that will track the twitter users coming from a specific location.

So I went to twitterlocal and searched for Sichuan. I took a look at the feed and go figure everything was in Chinese. Not a problem…head over to Google Translate and paste in the twitterlocal URL for the feed coming out of Sichaun. What you get is this.

Now I can see the latest information from people on the ground where the earthquake actually happened. Don’t have to rely on the media or any other source…I go directly to the people on the ground. Getting the latest pictures uploaded to the web and latest news from the ground.

So, so, powerful!

I started blogging in 2005 and found it such a powerful way to reflect and share my thinking about technology, this generation, and how we prepare students for their future not our past.

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