Some of us in Wellesley lost power at least briefly on Tuesday due to the strong winds, and some saw real damage to trees. Local news crews were on the scene, too, or at least reporters outfitted with iPhones or iPads — as well as a hot new video app called Meerkat.
Wellesley, home to millions of local news talking heads and reporters, got the attention of WCVB reporter John Atwater, who posted the photo shown below on Twitter and also used Meerkat to live stream the action. Meerkat, if you don’t keep track of this sort of thing, has grabbed tons of buzz over the past couple of weeks in social media circles, and at geeky cultural events such as SXSW in Austin, as well because Twitter has made moves in recent days to limit Meerkat’s effectiveness. It basically lets you live stream video to Twitter followers, but when the video is done, it supposedly goes poof! (Not that anything ever really disappears from the Internet.)
In fact, I used Meerkat myself yesterday to tweet out video of the old Sealtest ice cream factory being razed in Framingham.
— John Atwater (@AtwaterWCVB) March 17, 2015
Atwater wasn’t alone in documenting the damage in Wellesley. This from his colleague Pam Cross; also same scene from Wellesley Police:
— Pam Cross (@PamWCVB) March 18, 2015
— Wellesley Police (@WellesleyPolice) March 18, 2015
WHDH’s Ryan Schulteis also tweeted out a photo and live streamed via Meerkat.