Yesterday Wildfire Today covered the Denver plane crash, including the fact that a passenger was giving live updates via Twitter immediately after escaping from the wreckage.
This passenger, Mike Wilson, has been receiving a lot of attention since then, partly because it is probably the first time a plane crash has been covered in real time using Twitter. So far he has posted 20-30 "Tweets" about the crash.
He has been interviewed twice by Fox News, and once by NBC Nightly News. I believe the NBC interview will be on Monday night's broadcast. One of the Fox interviews can be found HERE.
One person who commented on our first post about this accident said that his employer blocks the Twitter site on their computer network, so some folks might have to wait to view the site on their home computer.
If you are not familiar with Twitter, we have more about it HERE, including the fact that Wildfire Today is available by Twitter. We have 59 "followers" on Twitter, while Mike Wilson has 1,500+. Most of his followers probably began following him after hearing about his crash.
Below is an excerpt from an article in the Guardian about Mike Wilson and his Twittering the crash.
If you had just survived a plane crash, it is not inconceivable that your first thoughts would be a long line of expletives, as were Mike Wilson's when the Continental Airlines 737 in which he was travelling slid off the runway in Denver.
But it is not what Wilson said that is unusual, but the way he said it. Instead of – or perhaps as well as – shouting the words at the top of his lungs, Wilson chose to communicate his thoughts on the micro-blogging site Twitter, via his mobile phone. He is thus believed to have made history by becoming the first person to tweet a plane crash just moments after the accident.
"Holy f*****g s**t – I was just in a plane crash!" were his exact words. (edited by BG)
Updates included his glasses falling off as he left the plane, an observation that perhaps he should take the bus in future, a picture from the scene and then grumbles that Continental were not serving passengers drinks after they left the plane.
"You have your wits scared out of you, drag your butt out of a flaming ball of wreckage and you can't even get a vodka-tonic," he wrote.