Did You Feel That Tweet?

So here’s my past four minutes (eleven if you count the actual completion of this blog.) Rebooted my Mac. While it was restarting, there was yet another earthquake here in Southern California. 30 seconds later, my Mac finished its startup. TweetDeck launches automatically and I see this at the top of my stream:

@Suzbroughton: Earthquake, again. Ho hum…  Tue 19 May 15:50 via Web

To which I reply:

@drewmehl: @Suzbroughton: That was a fast earthquake Tweet 🙂 Beat me by two seconds… Tue 19 15:51 via TweetDeck in reply to Suzbroughton

Moments later (with a hashtag, no less):

@mashable: Small earthquake in LA just now. No details yet. #earthquake Tue 19 May 15:53 via web

So I go do my usual post-quake due diligence and visit the USGS “Did You Feel It?” site. Confirmed:

A light earthquake occurred at 3:49:11 PM (PDT) on Tuesday, May 19, 2009.
The magnitude 4.1 event occurred 2 km (1 miles) NE of Hawthorne, CA.
The hypocentral depth is 12 km ( 8 miles).

So there you have it. Verifiable proof that tweets are slower than earthquakes by no more than 49 seconds.

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