@Bambyam Pourriez-vous vérifier votre source ? Il n'y a pas de coup d'état au Mali. Il y a juste une mutinerie dans la garnison de Kati
— Presidence Mali (@PresidenceMali) March 21, 2012
Twitter's sixth birthday fell on 21 March, 2012. To mark the day, we have what could well be yet another Twitter first. Amadou Toumani Toure, the President of Mali, turned to Twitter to deny a coup d'etat was underway in the gold and cotton rich west African nation,
"We now know it is a coup d'etat that they are attempting," one defence ministry official said, asking not to be named. The official said Toure was in a secure location but gave no more details. There was no word from Mali's presidency. Statements posted by its official Twitter handle on Wednesday had denied there was a coup attempt. link
I'm not sure any of us who started using Twitter six years ago ever imagined we'd see the day when a President would use the service, let alone use it to deny a coup d'etat was underway. Although, I'm not sure how many Malians actually use the service.
News dissemination has come a long way since the telegraph in 1883.
When President Lincoln was assassinated… it took 12 days for that news to reach London. In the [20 year] interim, they had come up with the technological ability to build telegraph cables and put them underwater.
The result of this was that the sudden message that the Reuters correspondent managed to get off saying “Massive explosion in Krakatoa, many dead”. He flashed it to Batavia – to Jakarta as it is now – it went on the undersea telegraph and arrived in London just 4 minutes later.
People in Bombay, Bournemouth, Biarritz and Birmingham Alabama were reading the same news on the same day. I think that the eruption of Krakatoa and the news coverage of Krakatoa, the instant coverage, saw the birth of what we now call the global village. link
Thanks for astroehlein for pointing the President's tweet out. And a belated Happy sixth birthday to Twitter.