Janis Krums Of Sarasota Posts First Photo Of U.S. Airways 1549 and Twitters It

Posted Jan 15, 2009

There are certain times I question what the point of Twitter is–microblogging–what a ridiculous concept!   But everytime something wrong happens, I am reminded of Twitter’s intangible value.  Earthquakes in California, the shootings in Mumbai, and now a plane crashing in the Hudson River.  Janis Krums of Sarasota, Florida reported on Twitter, “There’s a plane in the Hudson.  I’m on the ferry going to pick up the people.  Crazy.”  The tweet also contained a picture.

About 34 minutes after he posted the photo, MSNBC interview him live on TV as a witness to the incident.  Fortunately everyone is reported alive after the accident.  Although the picture is no longer available from Krum’s tweet, Silicon Alley Insider was able to save it: