Instant phone reportage

Hudson Plane CrashIt shouldn’t really surprise me that this type of thing happens, but somehow I find the power of the mobile internet amazing – still. I’ve been posting the odd photo to my personal photo blog directly from my phone for a couple of years now and get a little buzz each time I do it. But when something really big happens, like a plane crash in the Hudson river and someone like Janis Krums from Sarasota, Florida posts a photo of U.S. Airways flight 1549 on Twitter from his iPhone as he’s on his way to rescue the survivors, it’s still an amazing and powerful thing.

Krums blogs the line: “There’s a plane in the Hudson. I’m on the ferry going to pick up the people. Crazy.” – unintentionally deadpan I think. Just as people were amazed of live coverage of the first man on the moon in 1969, forty years later we’re all turning into live reporters.