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Wendy Boswell

Something happening you want to keep track of? Here's three ways to do that online

By February 14, 2014

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breaking newsIf you're looking for information on something that is happening in the world - and you need that news right now - you can't wait until the evening news broadcast or the morning paper to get it. You need it NOW. You can do that with the Web. For example:

  • Twitter: Twitter is updated literally millions of times a day by people all over the world. Using Twitter's internal search classifications, called hash tags, you can find information about breaking news globally, many times from the people who are actually experiencing the events as they unfold. For example, trending on Twitter right now (meaning a lot of people are talking about it) are Dear Netflix, Harry Potter, and Gordon Brown. You can also use specialized Twitter search tools to spot trends, conversations, and get the scoop on events before official news channels.
  • Smartphones: If you have a Web-enabled mobile device, you have the ability to get breaking news faster than the TV stations and newspaper reporters. I have accessed news updates that are literally hours ahead of "traditional" media, and these updates come with more details, more sources, and less fluff (check out 75 Mobile News Sites You Need to Bookmark to get your news fast).
  • The Real Time Web: Blogs, RSS, social networking, social bookmarking.....all of these are ingredients that you can put together to find breaking news ahead of anyone else on the block.You can also craft breaking news alerts to stay appraised of anything or anyone that comes up in a search engine result.
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