Monday, July 5, 2010

Oh Canada!

July 5th, 2010: the hottest day of the year so far, and ironically, the day much of Toronto was left A/C-less with a blackout of power and gridlocked rush-hour traffic going home.

It’s funny and amusing to me, seeing Torontonians (including me) scramble for our iPhones to check Twitter to confirm what’s happening right outside our doors. 

See, I spent last October in East Africa where blackouts are common, planned occurrences and locals (not tourists, who stay in generator-run hotels) manage to survive entire days with no power or light, so I find days like today amusing.

Once again, we directly ran to Twitter where the first tweet confirming a blackout on my Twitter feed was not from any news agency or so-called official source, but from Toronto super-blogger Casie Stewart.  Thought that was pretty cool, especially considering the same kind of thing happened last week with the earthquake when news agencies were significantly behind Twitter users, definitely opening our eyes to the social media revolution.

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