“How would I know…” she sang. Sure she was a huge icon when I was in high school. She had a voice, beauty, poise, and then a way-messed-up boy friend. Sometimes the most beautiful are the least self-confident. In the end we will find out that Whitney Houston was killed by her own fame and loss of that fame. But what we learned this morning was TWITTER smoked the Main Stream Media by 27-minutes on breaking the Whitney Houston story.
I call it the RIP Storm: An artist dies (always a tragedy) and the social media announcement machine roars to life.
Even if the sentiment is nothing more than “RIP Whiney Houston.” It seems like everybody has to say their few tweets about it. Here’s why some of it is worth paying attention to.
27-minutes before the “press” got to it, Twitter was on the scene! That’s practically a day on the internet.
Okay, you say, “So what.”
Let’s look at a few of the posts that might give you a little respect for the RIP Storm.
- 2.5 million tweets an hour as news of Whitney Houston’s death spreads (topsy labs)
- Twitter Breaks News of Whitney Houston Death 27 Minutes Before Press (mashable)
- Whitney Houston’s Death Brings Social Media Together in Record Time (Kat’s Corner)
- And a little love for the artist who left us: Milestones: Whitney Houston (New York Times)
So which ever side of the issue of artist tragedy and drug abuse you come up on, the power of the social networks is more evident this morning. And silencing the RIP Storm by filtering out “Whitney Houston” won’t do anything to stem the flood. But I don’t have to pay attention to it.
Blessings on Whitney and her family.
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- Pinterest and the Power of Social Bookmarking: Tag Yourself (Web Design is Dead)
- The ROI of Social Media – It’s Easy, Right? (return on investment)