How Immediacy Spoiled my Sunday

Warning – contains a spoiler for Formula 1 fans.

If you check the history, I’ve commented many times on the power of Twitter to bring information to you immediately.

Classic examples are the landing in the Hudson River, the incident in Mumbai, and the earthquake in Australia.  By having Twitter open, you see a stream of the social network and its messages that eminate from those who you follow.

In addition to people, I also follow some news and sports services.  It’s a fantastic way to get news and information first hand.

Until the Formula 1 race in Australia.  It seems to me that I blogged about this a year ago and sure enough here and here.  It appears that I’m a slow learner.  The same thing happened to me a year ago.  I wake excited to see the kickoff to the 2009 Formula 1 season as it’s rebroadcast locally on TSN at 8:00am.

The other habit that I have is to skim the overnight content from Twitter.  I’ve always had the ability to speedread and so quickly ruined the suspense with a couple of posts.

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So, apparently, I’m a slow learner.  But, even I will not go further and read the details.  Some things need to be discovered.  It will be nice to discover “how” this happened and what happened to Ferrari and Lewis Hamilton.

While the immediacy of the information and the power to see the future due to time shifts can be an incredible tool at times, it’s put a damper on my Formula 1 ritual.  Shortly, they’ll be racing in Europe and we’ll be back to watching it live.  Then, Twitter can assume its powerful role as a real-time blogging tool.

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