Sandy’s landfall

Thrill-seeking spectators at the waterfront, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, as Sandy reached shore. Creative Commons-licensed photo from

Tonight I spent a couple hours catching up on Twitter journalism and trying to spread some helpful facts to people who might need them. My feed, which I’ve posted below, was solely dedicated to the hurricane havoc.

For analysis’ sake I’ve left the time codes. (For instance “2h” means the tweet was uttered two hours before I exported the feed to post here.) From this I learned my tweets started in the mid-9 p.m. hour CST, continued to the mid-11 p.m. hour, and apparently peaked around the middle of that span, at around 18 tweets-per-hour.

Bill McKibben ‏@billmckibben (Retweet) Oh, thank heavens: NYSE floor not flooded, says spokesman. We’ll be able to get back to trading EOM and CVX and BP in no time 2h

Clayton Cubitt ‏@claytoncubitt (Retweet) Televised news is like a tape delay of Twitter 30 minutes ago. 2h

Jon Passantino ‏@passantino (Retweet) Wow: Floodwaters inundate Ground Zero construction site in NYC (via AP) 2h

Brandon Smith ‏@foochebag “Storm surge in NYC is slightly higher than the highest estimates, said Mayor Bloomberg.” (from @WSJ) Subway flooding ALONE was est @ $50B. 2h

Editor’s note: What I meant was, estimates from a couple days ago predicted that if NYC subways were to flood, damages might be in the neighborhood of $50 billion. (As of Tuesday morning, some have put rough TOTAL damages in the neighborhood of $45B.)

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