Sunday, December 21, 2008

Twitter - Life in Real Time

TWITTER .. It amazes more more each day. I can't help but feel anyone who isn't using Twitter or is poo-pooing it's value is really missing the boat. Take tonight for instance when a @2drinksbehind (Mike Wilson) a passenger on Continental Airlines flight 1404 from Denver to Houston gave a real time account when the plane he was on ran off the runway at take-off. Twitter isn't just something you do to pass the time, wake up folks!

Photo from TwitPic

The Twitter transcript:

Pretty exhausted at this point, so I'm heading off to bed. Good night!

I'm very grateful to still be here. Thanks again to all the well wishers. I'm amazed and humbled by it all.

@mjcarrasquillo this was on takeoff. I'm not sure, but I would speculate some type of mechanical failure.

fortunately, there didn't seem to be any life-threatening injuries

there was a fire station nearby and that's where we all ended up right after the crash

I made for the exit door as quickly as I could, fearing the right wing might explode from the fire. once out, i scrambled down the wing

whoever was on the left side exit row, god bless him, was johnny on the spot and instantly had the door open - people crowded out in a mass

by the time the plane stopped we were burning pretty well and I think I could feel the heat even through the bulkhead and window

i believe it was after the jolt that the right engine, which was near my row, caught fire

i think we might have gone into a ravine and dropped some distance as there was a sudden bottom-dropped-out feeling and then a jolt

shortly after we veered off, the plane quite obviously left the runway at high speed (maybe 100 kts) and proceeded to go 4 wheel driving

a 1st class passenger I talked to indicated he saw the left engine come off at the time, but it's unclear if this was a cause or an effect

to all who've asked, it's hard to know exactly what went wrong -- we were in the middle of a normal takeoff when we suddely veered off

Thanks for all the well wishes everyone. Sorry for the radio silence, but my battery died in the middle of all this and I just made it home

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. Boo

Continental keeping us locked up at the presidents club until they can sort everything out. Won't even serve us drinks. :(

Can't see much, but that's the crash site.

This was crash #2 for me. Maybe I should start taking the bus.

Ugh ... My glasses fell off in the mass exodus getting off the plane .. Can't see very well

Holy fucking shit I wasbjust in a plane crash!


mama j said...

Just had to say Hi! Found you on HARO.
Named my daughter McKenna after Jane Seymour in "Somewhere in Time."

new to twitter and have no idea what it is for but love HARO.

Lisa Jander

glamah16 said...

Twitter is amazing. I was a skeptic at first. But one can do so many things to promote , raise awareness of an issue, or just socialize. Others around me dont get it, but there is there loss.

Ross said...

Thanks for leaving a question for @jkrums on my blog.

Your readers can ask the twitter mega-celeb a question too:


Anne-Marie said...

I agree. I really like to use Twitter for our business and definitely can see the traffic trends to my blog based on my Twitter updates and posts. It's a wonderful business tool (right now - until something else eclipses it! Technology moves and changes quickly).