Twitter gives real-time info about China earthquake

Twitter, an online service that allows people to send bursts of information from their mobile devices to an online platform, has become an important tool for reporting about the developments in China after the earthquake.

This news story from AFP reveals that news organizations were picking up leads from people who were twittering. Excerpt:

SAN FRANCISCO, California–The world had real-time news about China’s massive earthquake as victims dashed out “twitter” text messages while it took place, in what was being touted Tuesday as micro-blogging outshining mainstream news.

As the earth shook with tragic consequences, people in the parts of China that felt the quake used their mobile telephones to send terse messages using the service provided by the San Francisco-based Twitter Inc.