Social network sites big info source on luge death |

Social network sites big info source on luge death

AP National Writer
FILE - Nodar Kumaritashvili of Georgia practices during a men's singles luge training run at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010. Kumaritashvili died after crashing during a training run on Friday. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – People are flooding social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube after the horrific fatal crash of an Olympic luger. They’re eager for the latest – and quickest – details.

Video of Nodar Kumaritashvili’s grisly crash Friday was posted on YouTube almost immediately. There were more than a dozen clips by late afternoon.

The Georgian athlete’s name was a trending topic on Twitter, and fellow Olympians from around the globe posted their reactions and condolences throughout the day.

Columbia journalism professor Sree Sreenivasan says people want news as it happens. He adds that the “idea of waiting until the authority does a story is still important, but not as important as it used to be.”

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