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10th Apr 2012 12:31pm | By Laura Chubb
The social importance of Twitter is often touted by the high-minded.
It helped shape the Arab Spring, we're told, played a pivotal role in the Occupy movement, and inspires citizen journalism (think Twitter breaking the news of the US Airways flight that crash-landed in the Hudson River).
And now the microblog has done it again, providing a platform for users to discover that the Titanic actually happened.
It all started with a tweet from @charlibobsss who says: "is it bad that I didn't know the titanic was real? Always thought it was just a film".
Rather than be lambasted by fellow tweeters for a fairly significant gap in her general knowledge, a series of posts spreading this breaking news follow.
"Nobody told me titanic was real ... ? How am I just finding this out?!" posts @lizamagang.
@BabyDoe22 sounds similarly surprised, tweeting: "Guys, the Titanic was real! #mindblown".
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Titanic's ill-fated maiden voyage. The Titanic Belfast Museum has just opened to commemorate the event, as the ship was built in, and set sail from, Belfast.
Perhaps these tweeters might consider a visit to get themselves up to speed on the Titanic's history, now that they know it isn't just an elaborate setting for a lame love story between Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.
"The titanic was real holy shit im never going on a cruise" tweeted @themilfmadness_. We're going to go out on a limb and guess this person has never heard of the Costa Concordia.
See the series of "Titanic was real?!" posts here.
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