For years, journalists and pundits and academics have been blathering about the wonders of the Internet’s ability to deliver news in real time. Yesterday’s events showed that such terminology actually short-shrifts the great Internet, which gave us news in “before time” or maybe “pre-real time.”

Weirdest moment: Seeing the people I’m following in DC tweet “earthquake” seconds before I felt it here in NYC.less than a minute ago via TweetDeck Favorite Retweet Replyallisonkilkenny