First photo of Hudson River plane crash taken with iPhone

1827262Janis Krums from Sarasota, Florida posts the first photo of U.S. Airways flight 1549 on Twitter from his iPhone, reports Silicon Alley Insider. Thirty-four minutes after Janis posted his photo, MSNBC interviewed him live on TV as a witness.

This comes a day after Robert Scoble wrote about how the social web has changed the pace of news in our society (as reflected by Steve Jobs’ news from yesterday). Add to that now —– the mobile social web. Today, Scoble posts about how the social web is reflected yet again in today’s breaking plane crash coverage.

Of course the social web is a big part of the changing landscape of breaking news and information online. But, today’s photo by @jkrums points to how mobile phones are playing a part in that landscape. Sure, people sitting in offices around the nation can find live news via twitter, friendfeed and other social services. But, instant citizen journalists are gathering and spreading the information out only because of mobile devices.

How many posts from people on the sidelines in New York do you think are via laptop? Probably very few. Sure, more detailed information accounts will be done via desktops and laptops, but mobile phones —- and specifically smartphones are making breaking news dissemination all the more possible in today’s age.

[Photo via Silicon Alley Insider, taken by @jkrums]

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