Knock on wood - So far, 9:36AM PST, looks like things in Gustav's path are holding up relatively well... The images from Katrina help remind just why these poor folks don't need a repeat.
With regards to Social Media - it's been impressive to watch CNN adopt platforms like Facebook and Twitter to engage in real time discussions with viewers. It looks like the activity is isolated to a particular program with host Rick Sanchez - perhaps as CNN tests the waters with the medium.
CNN used this Twitter feed to engage with viewers in real-time. The whole thing felt quite dynamic, with the show basically taking and answering questions and comments from viewers throughout the program. What struck me last night was the questions coming from the audience. They were relevant to the story but loosely off topic at the same time - helping provide a much broader discussion around the impact of Gustav and the region.
There's plenty of discussion going on around this... Some good - some bad. I think the key point here is not about Rick Sanchez or CNN or Twitter... Rather the convergence of one way and interactive mediums and perhaps a preview of what's to come in the future. I noticed fellow Tweeter and SM advocate Pistachio was influencing the conversation last night and provided her thoughts on the topic.
Nice to see a major news outlet such as CNN engaging viewers in real time with Social Media.