February 26, 2009

"Snowmageddon" takes over Minnesota, Twitter

Per the Minneapolis Star Tribune, a wintry blast of snow--aptly dubbed "snowmageddon"--hit the Twin Cities area hard Thursday afternoon, making for a hectic rush hour commute and the No. 1 trending topic in the Twitterverse. Snow started falling around noon, fell at a rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour and is expected to top out at six inches in the metro area, per the article.

Twitterers reacted with a mix of humor and advice. 

@chrispollard (St. Charles, Minn.): I hear that Michael Bay has bought the movie rights to #snowmageddon

@Pfutz: #snowmageddon, just got off the phone with Sven, said most of this snow should melt off by this evening...

@nicolenetland (Minneapolis/St.Paul): Commute home wins for most sketchy of the season. Visibility was wicked bad. Be safe tweeps #snowmageddon.

For others, "Snowmageddon" was underwhelming at best. It was also labeled as "Twype," or "Twitter hype that doesn't deliver on the goods," according to @ASI_was_saying.

@jeremyk (Edina, Minn.): This #snowmageddon is overrated. A few inches? Disappointment.

A sense of community permeated the tweets, and everyone wanted to chip in.

@passepartout (USA): #snowmageddon just connected a lot of MN tweeps. I have 9 new followers. I've never been part of something like this before.

The nasty weather also caused officials at the University of Minnesota to cancel Thursday evening classes--a rare event for the school.

An influx of #snowmageddon twitpics also crashed Twitpic.com during peak use.

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