Real-time News

Isn’t the power of the internet, coupled with blogging and micro-blogging amazing?

I was at home this morning when I heard on the news about a fire in Cape Town that had gutted a backpackers lodge (just around the corner from our office building). 

At the same time I was checking my RSS feeds, reading email and I saw a new tweet from a mate of mine about the fire with a photo and a post on his blog about it.

A quick search of my local news feeds and Twitter and no one else had picked up on this yet. Only after I got to the office, and took a few pictures myself, did the other news agencies pick up on it.

Does it mean journoulists should be worried about their jobs – nope – but I do think they should be keeping their ears and eyes open to other bloggers and micro-bloggers. After all this isn’t the first time news stories have broken out on the Internet even before news agencies and journalists have picked up on it.

Loop Street backpackers fire in Cape Town

Taken from my office window this morning.


VOTD: Julia Dales – Beatboxer

My brother just sent me a link of this 17-year old girl, Julia Dales, from Canada, beatboxing. Now I’ve seen some impressive beatboxing, even beat-boxing while playing the flute – but this girl’s got talent! Check it out. In fact, she won the Online Beatboxing Championship this year! You can see the other runners up videos here.

Here she is performing at a talent show – girlz got skillz!