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Twittering The China Earthquake

Twitter updates provided breaking news on the major quake near Chengdu, China.

Posted on May 12, 2008, at 10:31 a.m. ET

Twitter users, coordinated largely through the efforts of Robert Scoble, were providing news of the earthquake -- including first-hand accounts -- before mainstream news sites began reporting about the 7.8 quake. (Related: Twittering wildfires.)