Battle for Tripoli: Social media offer a sneak peek at New York Times front page

АвторNicole Martinelli
Aug 22, 2011 в Digital Journalism

The revolution may be televised, but news travels faster over social media

Readers following developments in Libya could take a look at the New York Times' historic front page hours before it hit newsstands, thanks to Twitter.

Using the popular iPhone app Instagram, Times staff editor Elias Lopez sent a photo of the front page with victorious Libyan rebels in a prime above the fold spot.

Shortly afterward, Diego Sorbara, copy editor on the foreign/national copy desk at the Times, gave readers a look at the final version before it hit the printers.

"Above the fold of tomorrow's @nytimes front page (the final edition of the night...and what a night)," he said over the microblogging service.

Sure, you can't hold it in your hand with a cup of coffee (or line your recycling bin with it later), but if you live somewhere the paper version of the Times isn't available, these pictures are worth a thousand words.