Tweet, Tweet the NHL Trading Deadline

I would not call it a defining moment for the distribution of news and information–that Twitter is great way to find out about events and get some instant thoughts.  Instead I would call yesterday’s run up to the NHL trade deadline as a very insightful way that the paradigm has changed.

NHL reporters and commentators were hugely active on Twitter–updating all the trades and rumors.  I follow a bunch on this list (along with other sports folks).  This was updated before sites, before blogs, before TSN radio–and as each trade occurred, they became trending topics in Canada and in some cases the US.

I live in a hockey market with three teams, and limited coverage (not to mention the spat my team is having with a one-time team exec and now NHL blogger)-so any hockey news is helpful.  The wealth of information and insight from the Twitter-crowd was (and is) great.

Its how I found out Andy Sutton is worth a second round draft choice.  Its how I found out my team will keep 2.5 goalies for the rest of the season.  Its how I found out that at the NHL trade deadline, it was all about role players–nary a blockbuster in the bunch.

As always, its important to know your sources and dig a little deeper–but still for that top line/headline it’s very effective.

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