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Today in Media History: 2009 Hudson River crash-landing photo sent with Twitter

On January 15, 2009, using Twitter, TwitPic, and his iPhone, Janis Krums posted one of the first photos of the US Airways plane that crash-landed in the Hudson River.

His Twitter message:

Composite image of Janis Krums's original message and photo

Composite image of Janis Krums’s original message and photo

The story of the photo as it was reported by CNN in 2009:

Janis Krums was heading to New Jersey on a ferry when he clicked a snapshot with his iPhone of US Airways Flight 1549 partially submerged in the Hudson River. He uploaded the picture to his Twitter account and then forgot about it as he assisted in the rescue of the plane’s passengers.

The deluge of image views crashed the servers of TwitPic, the application that allows Twitter users to send photos with their Twitter updates or ‘tweets.’

‘I posted it because I thought ‘That’s pretty newsworthy’ and I wanted to share it with the people who follow me on Twitter,’ Krums said.

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