The Biloxi Sun Herald twittered Hurricane Gustav. The Wilmington Star-News twittered Hanna.
Leslie Wilkinson twittered the July 30 earthquake in California. She was among the first in the nation to do so.
So obviously, news organizations and individuals are seeing the power in Twitter.
Plenty of examples exist on how to use it, and plenty of people have written about the mechanics.
So try it out. Create an account and follow some of these people to see what's going on: @ckrewson @robyntomlin, @andrew_dunn, @saragregory, @shanbow, @smalljones, @romustgo, @johnrobinson, @cnewvine (AP!), @rmathieson, @acarvin, @CNN_Newsroom, @SNOhurricane, and even @frankdeloache in Salisbury.
Read @andrew_dunn's case study of Twitter during Hurricane Gustav. Check how @ckrewson separates his "personal brand" from a professional brand at @PhillyInquirer. @KaylaC does the same separation in Charlotte with @WCNC.
Beyond those mechanics and examples exist some intriguing points about networks, community, professional and personal brands and separating the two, boundaries among parents and children and managers and employees, self-awareness, self-obsession, transparency, privacy, the Dunbar number (Google it), signal-to-noise ratio....
Start thinking about all that while reading Clive Thompson in the New York Times magazine on digital intimacy.
I could go on. But I won't right now, because I crave some real face-to-face community. But let's talk about it more. And try it.