Twitter would transform the way the world gets the news, or it would cause a “Twitter revolution.” That’s what the company’s founder Jack Dorsey thought in 2009 when US Airways Flight 1549 crashed into the Hudson River in New York.
Janis Krums was on a ferry, ready to cross the river when the crash happened. As he was almost literally right next to it, he snapped a photo
He sent it out on Twitter, with the text; “There’s a plane in the Hudson. I’m on the ferry going to pick up the people. Crazy.”
The message went out to the 70 people who were following him, and people began massively retweeting it.
“it just changed everything. Suddenly the world changed its attention to us,” said Dorsey.
So goes CNBC’s special, which aired tonight at 9 p.m. EDT. People were excited about the content.