A massive fire broke out this morning on Queen Street West.
I initially found out about the fire on a friend’s Facebook status update. The above photo came from BlogTO, one of my primary resources for news on my city. The Star’s website even refers its readers to Flickr for more coverage of the fire. Our friends and neighbours were able to supply us with first-hand accounts, photos and video that traditional channels were unable to.
Social networking sites are becoming the “go to” sources for breaking news. I remember a time when I would have to watch the evening news to know what was happening. Now we know about it minutes after it happens. Is this a good thing? I think it is. Information is always good to have; nowadays, you just get it sooner.