June 26, 2009

Michael Jackson, dead at 50

I don't think there will be any Memorial Children's Kindergartens named after Michael Jackson, but the pop icon has rocked me less than I expected.

A remarkable news day - Farah Fawcett dies from her long cancer battle, then Michael Jackson of a heart failure. We know this, because a credible source confirmed it.

Twitter has a lot to answer for when it comes to "a source". 19 minutes after it happened, reports of his death was on the air thanks to word spreading through Twitter. Yes, even Tweets of disbelief or jokes about recycling him.

Then... TweetTabs exploded with unconfirmed reports of the death of Jeff Goldblum. Citing the New Zealand Police as a source, trying to access their website was impossible - as you'd expect people are trying to confirm with this "source". I eventually got this from NZ Police.

I found on Google News another opinion piece by a UK journalist about today's explosion of deaths - but trying to click on it, his server was down, which is likely due to the massive amount of traffic across the world trying to look for a source.

It's probably due to the fact that his article was riddled with these key words: michael jackson, jeff goulblum, twitter, and death.

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