At exactly 1:35 AM, on 11th August, admittedly well past the bedtime of “decent” folks, I sent a twit out from my Twitter account:
#earthquake in Delhi… still shaking1:35 AM Aug 11th from webAnd, went to the search to check if others have sensed it as well, or was it my imagination. And, no it wasn’t. “Tweeple” world-over were sending out messages, trying to inform, connect with their folks in Delhi (and in other places). I wanted to get some ol’ fashioned news. So, went across to the HT site; no update. Went and checked TOI; no update. Went and checked their Twitter accounts, no updates. All this while, NYT and CNN are connstantly updating their websites and telling us about the Tsunami warning in place. I learn that the epicentre is close to the Indian east coast; all from foreign media.
I wasn’t the only one who noticed the complete lack of news of the earthquake/ Tsunami warning even after an hour of the event. See most interesting message exchange that was going on at the time, below:
@SonnyAhuja sincerely hope not; there is a #Tsunami warning out; still no update from @httweets @TOI_twitter @times_of_india2:56 AM Aug 11th from web in reply to SonnyAhuja
Much after #Earthquake, HT and TOI websites still no update; @httweets @times_of_india @toi_twitter; irrelevance of old media for news2:53 AM Aug 11th from web
Here’s what the TOI and HT Twitter account activities looked like about an hour from the event.
It is evident that these accounts have little, if any feedback loop, manned as they are by pre-programmed apps, broadcasting links to the blogs/ other online content produced by their staff.
They just don’t get it, do they?