As a group, we would be remiss if we did not mention the effect of Twitter on news in the future. It’s been pretty obvious through class discussions, our media-free assignments and probably everyday life that Twitter has become a HUGE force in the future of presenting the news.
Various articles have been written analyzing Twitter’s staying power, effectiveness and popularity. It’s obvious that Twitter has emerged at the forefront of news in the 21st century and beyond. When news of Osama bin Laden’s death broke, it was later reported that Twitter was flowing at a rate of 5,000 tweets per second!
As recently as this week, news broke of singer Sean Kingston being in the hospital with injuries sustained in a jet ski accident. The first place I heard the news was Twitter. Sean Kingston’s name was a “trending topic,” meaning it was popping up in more tweets than just about anything else across the Twitterverse. Even though the news did not break on Twitter, the tweets helped the news spread quicker than it otherwise would have, which is the point of the medium.
Those examples show that people look to Twitter for news. Heck, there is even a Twitter account titled ‘breaking news‘ that reports news stories from the first reliable source as they happen. “Breaking News” takes articles from other sources and re-posts them to its followers. It’s the latest in news gathering, and it’s the topic of my next post.