Late last night, several blogs were the first to report that Twitter had acquired Atebits, the maker of Tweetie. Okay, so many of the blogs that broke the story are affiliated with newspaper sites. But they’re still blogs.
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On Friday night, April 9, 2010, at 6:15 P.M. (PT), Evan Williams, the CEO of Twitter, posted “Twitter for iPhone” to the Twitter Blog. Buried in the second paragraph was the announcement that “we’ve entered into an agreement with Atebits (aka Loren Brichter) to acquire Tweetie, a leading iPhone Twitter client. Tweetie will be renamed Twitter for iPhone and made free (currently $2.99) in the iTunes AppStore in the coming weeks.”
At that same minute, Claire Cain Miller of Bits, a New York Times blog, posted “Twitter Acquires Atebits, Maker of Tweetie.”
At 6:55 P.M., Benny Evangelista of The Tech Chronicles, a San Francisco Chronicle blog, posted “Twitter buys an iPhone app, launches its first BlackBerry app.”
At 6:57 P.M., Peter Kafka of All Things D, a Wall Street Journal blog, posted “Twitter Goes Shopping, Comes Home With Tweetie. Next?“
Where was I? I live on the East Coast, so I was home watching the Boston Red Sox lose to the Kansas City Royals, 4-3. Hey, it was Friday night!
And most news is “announced” between Monday through Thursday between 9: 30 A.M. and 4:00 P.M (ET), although many companies still announce “bad news” on Friday afternoon after the stock market closes.
But Twitter’s acquisition of Tweetie is good news — for Twitter, for Tweetie, and for iPhone users.
So, who is on duty at this improbable hour of the night? Bloggers!
Yes, yes, they are professional bloggers, who work for newspaper sites. But according to Newsknife, Google News has been embracing blogs as news sources since March 2008.
This includes the blogs mentioned above as well as blogs affiliated with The Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, and Los Angeles Times.
These are the folks we rely on for breaking news at all hours of the day and night. They are the ones looking for news, rumors, gossip and scoops by monitoring blogs, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.
Now, announcements are still made using press releases. And stories are still broken by mainstream media. But breaking news stories aren’t limited to Monday through Thursday, 9:30 A.M to 4:00 P.M. (ET).
Heck, this means I’m going to have to start working the swing shift.