I urge WCCO-TV (CBS) to set up a breaking news Twitter feed, it happens

February 20, 2008 — Leave a comment

Thanks to Twitter and my inability to be satisfied (there is no off position on the genius switch, people), WCCO-TV (CBS) in Minneapolis now has a breaking news Twitter feed.

WCCO reporter Jason DeRusha, whom I met via Twitter, then met in real life (once) and have continued to develop a relationship with, helped me out with some live stream info for this Metroblogging Minneapolis post, and I suggested it.

Here’s the skinny:

This morning while I was trying to line up tonight’s Good Question expert, I logged onto Twitter, where a friend had posted about breaking news, a fire in downtown Minneapolis.

He thought KARE was live streaming pictures of the fire. I pointed him to the WCCO.com livestream (we’re pretty aggressive about getting live breaking news on the Web). He then wrote this suggesting we have an emergency breaking news feed on Twitter.

Greg asked, we responded. You can follow WCCOBreaking on Twitter here.

Since then I’ve learned the man behind the new Twitter feed is John Daenzer, the new Director of New Media at WCCO, and we’re having coffee next week.

Man, I love me this social media stuff.

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