When Teddy Kennedy died back in August 2009, I was surprised to learn the news via Twitter instead of more traditional news sources.
Today, Twitter breaks most big stories.
For instance, legendary CBS News reporter and 60 Minutes correspondent Bob Simon was killed yesterday in an automobile accident in my neighborhood, yet I still heard about it on Twitter.
Then celebrities from all walks of life began making their statements of sympathy.
Yet another development many a publicist and PR maven probably didn’t see coming down the information superhighway.
All those carefully worded press releases and statements of sympathy and support that once earned them an extra billable hour or six? Gone. Because now their clients can take to Twitter and, in 140 typo- and emoji-filled characters, sum up their feelings about the dearly departed.
And start a Twitter sh#t storm at the same time.
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My second day in Tokyo has been filled with surprises.
First, I woke up at 4 a.m. — jet lag — so my day has been much longer than I anticipated. I got some actual work accomplished, and emailed and IM’ed with some folks who were still at their desks on the other side of the world.
I was very productive…and I should sleep really well tonight.
My business meeting also lasted a lot longer than I thought it would, so I didn’t have time for any sightseeing as originally planned. But the session went great, the client is happy, and I can devote the rest of my time in Tokyo to play.
Speaking of time, I need to spend quite a bit more checking my wish list and studying the Tokyo subway map. That puppy is going to require my complete attention if I am going to actually end up in the areas of the city where I want to visit.
As you can see, it is a bit of a challenge.
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