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Social Networks Upstaging Traditional News Mediums

Written: March,2011

Since the advent of Twitter, Youtube, Facebook and other social and entertainment networks, the world seems a ‘wee bit’ smaller.

No longer do we have to rely on watching, reading or listening to news broadcast in order to keep a breast with the latest happenings in our country and the world at large. Now, all we have to do is check our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Did you watch the MTV music awards when Kanye upstaged Taylor Swift? I didn’t, but within minutes I was aware. My Facebook homepage had hundreds of status updates, my twitter page hundreds of tweets, and within minutes I was watching the actual footage on Youtube.

Yea, yea…already I can hear people saying that’s just one example, so here is a few more. How did you hear about Tiger Woods and his drama? Charlie Sheen and his Goddesses? The Haiti earthquake? And the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami?

Unlike the days when if you missed the news broadcast you were forever out of the ‘loop’, now, stories that would just make news for a couple days are talking points for months, and yes, in a lot of cases first seen on social networks.

Social networks are without a doubt the first stop for many when browsing the net, and are actually doing a ‘number’ on traditional news mediums.

Sean says:

yea..most times i see things on facebook first..normally i just click on the link if i want more info..

March 16, 2011 @ 12:00 pm

Orlando says:

Truth is i hardly watch news anymore. thank yo Facebook Twitter and Youtube.

March 16, 2011 @ 7:33 pm