Like a number of my friends I first learned of the NYC plane crash through Twitter. And saw the first picture there, courtesy of user JKrums and Twitpic. He was a passenger on one of the first ferries to go and help. This follows the Mumbai terror attacks where Twitter offered a lot of eyewitness accounts. It seems to be becoming a breaking news tool as well as a gossip platform.
I was alerted to the plane crash by former AP photographer Jim Macmillan - who reported today that Google Ads were offering a link asking if anyone was injured on the flight - and linking through to (ambulance-chasing?) lawyers....It's a niche world out there.