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(Read caption) When a 4.3 magnitude earthquake hit northern California today, people on Twitter reported it first.

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Since we're newbies to Twitter and find it fascinating, we'll take a quick break from Rush Limbaugh celebrating Earth Hour by putting up Christmas lights and look at how people reacted in real time to a news event that happened in northern California.

By the way, if you're new to Twitter, it's a social networking tool that allows you to send out a quick message (140 characters) to your friends or whomever decides to "follow" you. There are loads of other websites that give you the opportunity to monitor trends on Twitter. Like what people are talking about.

Rumble

Today, people are talking about earthquakes.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that a 4.3 quake occurred at 10:40 a.m. The US Geological Survey pinpointed the location at 11 miles north of Morgan Hill, seven miles east of Seven Trees and 16 miles east-southeast of San Jose's City Hall.

Who reported it first? None of the networks. None of the local news stations. Twitter ruled the day.

Where R U?

And much of the chatter that occurred immediately after the quake was centered on the media. As in, where were they?

Dozens of people, just like someone identified as Hezness said, "Someone should let CNN know there was an earthquake, may be more important than the Manson family's good prison behavior."

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