Thursday, June 17, 2010

Disaster blogs and a Tweet

BP CEO Tony Hayward, photo courtesy of

Americans are now faced with one of the (if not THE) worst environmental disasters in U.S. history.  It's pretty scary.  If you haven't stopped to think about the repercussions, sit down before you do.

Tony Hayward, BP's CEO, is answering questions from lawmakers as I type.  It's been compared to a public execution.  As he absorbs the assault, bloggers everywhere are blogging live.  Roughly every 15 minutes, a writer from the below examples uploads a new post.

 Field Notes MSNBC

     -Its author is a flavorful story teller.  I find his the easiest to read. (example below)

 Happening Now - Fox

     -This seems to have stopped at 1 pm, when the show ended.

Live Blog - CBS

     -No snappy name?

BP America - BP's Twitter page

     -Their Tweets have a little different tone than the above blog posts.

Here's MSNBC's blogger, Alex Johnson:


UPDATE 3:33 p.m. ET: A Republican gets off the toughest zinger of the day. Noting that Hayward over and over responds by saying he can't respond because he's not an engineer or because investigations aren't complete, Rep. Cliff Stearns of Florida asks:

"Is today Thursday?"

Hayward, stone-faced, replies: "Today is Thursday."


Ladies & Gentlemen, this is social media. 

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