Twitter Breaks News, T.V. Covers It

By Brianna Andre

With various news stories that have erupted this summer pertaining to celebrities, politics, world news etc. I have noticed nine times out of ten I’m first introduced to the news from the social networks I am constantly checking such as Twitter and  Facebook. This brought to my attention that these networks I am a daily user of, are much more than a social place to communicate with others. In fact, Twitter is most likely my primary source of news since I am constantly refreshing my feed and with any breaking news story, at least a portion of the 300+ people I follow are going to tweet about it.

These networks have become a news-sharing place in the online and mobile world. This goes to show what other purposes social media networks give way to and how social media is ever-evolving and becoming increasingly more significant for just online communicating and reconnecting.

If news via Twitter and social media has one flaw, it may be the chance of the spreading news proving to be false. I know many people who are skeptical of relying on Twitter for news, and do not believe everything they read on their Twitter feed and will first read newspapers and turn to the main news outlets before checking social media. On an opposing view,a survey from Politico reports that for this younger end of the spectrum, users younger than 25, 71% put the same or greater level of trust in news content found on social media.

Obtaining news via sites like Twitter are a great way to get the younger generation up to date on current events since they are already familiar with social media. Surveys from Politico show that social media in general has reached a vital mass of users from a range of age groups. It’s primarily used for sharing political content but also traditional news stories.The Politico survey also finds that nearly two-thirds of voters reported that political information on social media was either higher quality or equally as good as traditional news channels.

This goes to say, the digital age has not only transformed the way news is spread (virally and immediately), but also the way in which we consume it. Social media is a news source that needs to be reckoned with. Thanks to the instant publishing capabilities of sites such as Twitter, we’re able to both individually broadcast and collectively sit back and watch, as live newsworthy events unfold across the globe.