Wednesday, July 01, 2015

"People incidentally encounter the news on Facebook. They actively seek it out on Twitter." DO YOU AGREE?




I rely on a variety of sources to quench my personal (and professional) thirst for fresh news. I get a lot of mileage out of my twitter account: the 300+ twitterers I follow supply me with uber ledes to pursue in story development. But Facebook, as a source for news? Hardly! I find facebookers posting a lot of old headlines as though they were new stories. If I had to chart my news sources, here's my top 5:

  • 1 - Online newspapers, radio stations and magazines 
  • 2 - Twitter 
  • 3 - Drudge Report 
  • 4 - Instagram 
  • 5 - Sina Weibo

I realize that I'm not listing Facebook, frankly because I have gotten maybe one or two tips from the Social network over the past 6 months that I was able to turn into something more. Don't get me wrong, it is a great resource for gathering background info and making contacts, but it is not (at least not for me) a source of raw material for news. And sorry to say, Linked-In (now Spammed-In) would be at the bottom of any list I would compile.

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