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'Miracle on the Hudson': Janis Krums provided one of the early demonstrations that Twitter could be more than a way to keep up with what your friends ate that day. On January 15, 2009, Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger safely landed a U.S. Airways plane on the Hudson River after a flock of geese disabled its engines. Before traditional media had the story, Mr. Krums took a picture of the downed plane and posted it to Twitter. The now-famous TwitPic attracted more than half a million views and proved that Twitter could be a source for breaking news.

PHOTO: Brendan McDermid/Reuters/FILE

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