News is a process, not a product. At least when it’s live.

That headline occurred to me as I was reading Jay Rosen’s Formula for Online News Success at MediaShift Idea Lab (via Ben Tesch), right after following the latest from Nate Ritter on the San Diego fire situation (tag: ), including his Twitter feed, which demonstrates Twitter as a kind of live news router. (As do Chris Messina’s Twitter hashtags.) The Union-Tribune is now also flowing news at Found that via Nate, along with Cat Dirt Sez, another San Diego fire blogger. Also Brian Auer. And Califorinia Fire Followers Set Twitter Ablaze, by Michael Calore..

And thus the Live Web emerges.

[Later…] 4:32am PDST: This post shows up on a Google Blogsearch search for sandiegofire (sorted either by date or by relevance), but not yet on Technorati or on Google (where the top/lucky result is the

[Later again…] Here’s the right Technorati search, to include all authority levels. (My blog doesn’t have high authority, at least not yet. And my search default was set for high authority when I did the search the first time, above. So my post in fact was indexed quickly and I just missed it the first time.)


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    […] News is a process, not a product. At least when it’s live. Doc Searls counts the ways in which new technology (such as Twitter) comes into play when big news, like the SoCal fires, is at play. […]

  2. nate’s avatar

    Thank you so much for spreading the word about my feed. Thousands of people (and hundreds of twitter subscribers) have now been helped by using Twitter as a tool. But it’s only the beginning of citizen journalism doing a better job than mainstream. Here’s some ideas on what could be done better in the wake of this disaster. I would love your thoughts on it:

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