Since everything that happens must now microblogged within seconds of—if not actually during—its occurence, let's take a look at how The Great East Coast Shakefest of 2011 was covered on Twitter.
Some chose to tie the news to current events:
I think Chris Christie just jumped into the race
Apparently, now that Nick Ashford is dead, the earth is no longer solid as a rock.
THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WILL AND JADA ALLEGEDLY BREAK UP ACCORDING TO OK MAGAZINE.
Some saw the opportunity for pop culture/new media/techonology references:
Pitchfork gives this earthquake a 5.8.
OH: "Well, it's official: Silicon Valley's got nothing on New York City now."
i hope the world doesn't end before I use all these groupons #nycearthquake
There was culinary humor:
New York earthquakes are better because of our thinner crust.
Naturally, the West Coast couldn't wait to tell us how jaded and blase they are about geological disturbances:
From the endlessly shaky West Coast to hyperventilating Easterners: stop whining about #quake. It's like discovering sex for the 1st time.
Hey Angeleno friends, I just heard that some New Yorkers evacuated their buildings! hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaa
And, perhaps inevitably, some got meta about Twitter:
That was just like the old days, when the '49ers immediately wrote down their funniest earthquake quips and gave them to carrier pigeons.
And that's how it happened. I'm a little disappointed in all of you. Except Pareene. Chris Christie fat jokes are gold, I tell ya. Gold!