Social Media has really become such an important part of our lives that it is very natural when something happens we check Facebook or Twitter first. At one time people would turn on the radio or their television sets to hear any breaking news, that is no longer the case due to social media. What is so weird is that I don’t even think about consulting TV or radio when I hear news, I go immediatly to Twitter or to my Facebook wall.
A prime example of this is breaking news about Whitney Houston. I found out by way of my son who reported that there were people talking about her death on his Facebook page. Still I didn’t chose to check in by turning on my TV or radio but I went immediatly to my Facebook page, then Googled Whitney Houston to find our more information. It seems that Twitter broke the news of Whitney Houston’s death almost 30 minutes before traditional press channels.
This is a prime example of how important social media has become in our lives and in the lives of those around us. This is a very sad demonstration of the importance of social media but it does make a person think and recognize how important social media has become to our lives.
- Social media replacing SEO as Google makes search results personal – Poynter.org (scoop.it)
- Twitter Breaks News of Whitney Houston Death 27 Minutes Before Press (mashable.com)
- Do You Believe What You Read?: Social Media and Whitney Houston’s Death (blogher.com)
- Why should journalists break news on Twitter? (sayou.wordpress.com)