The path of a Hurricane Irene cellphone photo

My father will be the first to admit that he’s not the most technologically savvy individual. So I was impressed when he ventured out to a beach in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Thursday and snapped a great photo of Hurricane Irene as it grazed the coast. 

Then he texted the photo to me. He later told me how he was on the beach and all of the sudden the sky turned dark:

I uploaded the photo to Instagram and minutes later a producer for the Weather Channel spotted it and asked if she could air it.

I agreed (after calling my father) and tweeted about how the image traveled so quickly.

I set my DVR to record and less than 24 hours later, the photo was on TV.

This is a wonderful example of how anyone anywhere, with the simplest of technology can tell a story. It also shows how powerful Instagram has become.