Publication: The New York Times
Title: Twitter’s ‘Amazing Race’ Assist
Article by: Brian Stelter
In the 19th season of “The Amazing Race”, Twitter users saved a team from being eliminated from the show. Kaylani Paliotta and Lisa Tilley, the team saved from elimination, narrowly escaped the chopping block when Kaylani left her passport at a gas station. Luckily for them, Ryan Storms, a graphic artist and photographer who is an avid Twitter user, saw it at a gas station after they left. He had just given directions to another “Amazing Race Team.” He tweeted about the passport and an anonymous fan of the show in Georgia, who was monitoring all things “Amazing Race” on Twitter, replied to Ryan Storms, “She’ll need her passport! Can you get it to LAX?”
Producers in Taiwan were monitoring these messages, and sent word to LA, that the team might end up being saved. Ultimately, Storms made it to LAX in time to return the passport and saved the team from elimination.
This story is sort of amazing in itself. The speed with which these messages were sent, received, monitored and reported is pretty spectacular. And, as a bonus the whole situation made for exciting and engaging television.