The Power of a Tweet

Still doubting the importance of Twitter? Last Tuesday the Associated Press’  account got hacked, leading to the creation of the false Tweet pictured below.  Even more startling is the fact that Wall Street investment firms who use algorithms that instantly buy and sell stocks based on scanning news feeds (including those on Twitter) went into a tailspin causing the Dow Jones to drop 145 points in an instant.  While the market quickly recovered, that one Tweet temporarily had a $200 billion impact on our economy.

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[via Wall Street Journal]

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