Twitter is understandably a fantastic platform for all users to put forward anything that they want to in the form of tweets. This ‘anything’ could be what one feels, what one did last night, what one experienced at office on a day or just absolutely anything that a user feels like tweeting about. Another thing that Twitter has gained recognition for lately is that it spreads news stories faster than any media channel on TV does.
A horrific fire incident that took place at Charlton Towers in Bangalore is an example of how Twitter was used to call for help. “The news of the fire break was actively spread with Social Media sites like Twitter which sent out an SOS as well as reported accurately as the fire happened. Social media to the Rescue as Tweets inform the breakout of a massive fire in Carlton Towers on Airport Road.” Also incidents like the earthquake in Haiti, Tunisia and the shootout of congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona, reported effectively through Twitter makes it easier to believe that Twitter is real-time news medium, just as similar as any other news agency.