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Real time social news

Biz has a great post up on the Twitter blog about people using Twitter during yesterdays earthquake in LA.

This chart is really powerful to me.

As Biz describes in the post, Twitter is being used as a news-wire. The combination of Twitter plus Twitter Search is amazing for tracking real time news or alerts from different keywords. And you don’t have to be a Twitter user to use Twitter search.

I also loved one of the comments in the post by someone named Ed.

“Twitter is so much more than a news wire. It’s faster, unspun, and most significantly, we don’t participate on AP. We don’t share and retweet each other on channel 4.

We dynamically aggregate awareness with Twitter, and want to”

I like that notion a lot. Social real time news.

(disclosure: we are investors in Twitter and I’m on their board)