This morning @isaac Mao broke to me the news a Beijing twitterer had been detained ahead of the 18th party congress for his fictional tweets. More than the case itself (which requires your attention too), the event proved again that for breaking news Twitter is still the leading network. Within 30 minutes a dozen people had retweeted or favorited the tweet. Quite ok for a Sunday morning in Europe, while the US is still sleeping. (Although I must admit I picked Isaac’s news up at Google+ first, and it was not a retweet from his account.)
China: Beijing Twitterer Detained for Writing Micro-fiction – Global Voices Advocacy ow.ly/fnwwy
— Fons Tuinstra (@fonstuinstra) November 18, 2012
Both the twitter accounts of Isaac and Global Advocacy, the original source of the news, showed similar figures in a similar time range.
For comparison: at Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn nobody had picked up the news, although I posted the same message there on the same time. That shows that despite its limits to 140 characters, Twitter is still leading when it comes to breaking news. My favorite network is still Google+: it takes away the many restraints of LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. But when it comes to breaking news, we cannot miss Twitter.