Technorati as a Leading News Indicator
Before news of his death hit the newswires, and indeed before he even died (I think), I happened to visit Technorati yesterday afternoon, where I noticed that "Peter Jennings" was the most popular search at the time. That seemed a little peculiar to me, though I didn't exactly put things together until I saw the news late last night that Jennings was in fact dead. There must have been rampant online rumors, resulting in Technorati searches, before the news became official. If you like being the first to know about things, this might be a way to do that.