I was dumbfounded at the number of people waiting in line to enter the Foggy Bottom Metro Station in Georgetown this evening. Only one of three escalators was open causing the people who wanted to come up to share with the people trying to walk down. The line went around the block from both sides as you’ll see in this video taken by my fellow co-worker, Paulo.
My co-worker Paulo was on Fox 5’s News Edge at 11 last night. He shot some video of a large crowd at the Foggy Bottom metro station yesterday morning. For whatever reason two of the three escalators were stopped with the third going down. There were more people trying to go up and out of the station that a huge line formed as grumpy commuters trudged up the long flight of stairs. Some people even decided to go up against the moving escalator fighting the sparse crowd trying to enter.
With a little help from social networking and a lot more luck, Paulo’s footage made it onto the local news. Here is the chain of events:
- Paulo shoots the footage on his way to work.
- Paulo posts the footage to the DC-centric blog WeLoveDC.com.
- The story gets submitted to the social news site Digg.com where I throw my support behind it and give it my vote.
- Stories that I digg get posted to my mini-feed on Facebook because I have linked my Digg and Facebook accounts together.
- The dugg story ends up in a friends news feed who happens to work at Fox 5.
- My friend IMs me thinking I shot the video but I forward him on to Paulo.
- Fox 5 sets up an interview with Paulo later that afternoon.
And this is the final result.
Another co-worker Mike Weinstein (guy in blue shirt) made a brief appearance in the video by simply showing up at the same time as Paulo’s interview. I had nothing to do with that one.
Be sure to check out Paulo’s take on all of this.
The Washington D.C. Metrorail system is the second busiest public transit system in the U.S. But when it comes to producing viral videos, Metro is probably the second worst (this video is probably #1) as evidence by this little gem:
You’ve got to give the people working at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority some credit for reaching out to the people through their own medium, YouTube. Although I think people are passing it around for a good laugh at how cheesy it is and not on how informative it might be.