Social Media has officially replaced traditional journalism and Old Media as the first news source of choice. Or so says a cool infographic created and distributed by Schools.com. The infographic, which you can see below, reports that over 50 percent of people surveyed get their breaking news via social media rather than traditional news sources, and that 46 percent get their news online at least three times a week.
For this blogger, that number’s more like 5 times a day on the average. Twitter, to name one social media platform, gives you the news in 140 characters. And the better the Twitter tweet is written, the less one has to click on a link to read more about it, assuming a link is provided.
Social Media Inaccuracy
One place where Social Media does fail is in accuracy. The problem rests in, for example, too many fake news stories about the death of some celebrity. Now, “RIP NAME HERE” happens so much, some ignore it, which doesn’t help when the news happens to be real.
Where Are Blogs?
What’s interesting is that while I consider blogs to be part of Social Media, they’re not mentioned in the infographic. I would wage a bet that blogs weren’t even considered in structuring the survey. But with over 100 million blogs in existence, they have to be considered as part of the news reporting equation.
Here’s the infographic:
Courtesy of: Schools.com