Social Media: The Popular Source for News

Just days ago, Osama Bin Laden was killed by American forces and buried at sea. As news of Bin Laden’s death spread, social media sites buzzed with commentary and updates.  It is incredible to see how social networks are being recognized as valid sources.

Mashable, the social media and internet trend news leader, set up a pole to track where people heard the news of Bin Laden’s death. Of the 22,908 votes currently cast, 28.71 percent of voters first heard on Twitter. Another 20.16 percent found out on Facebook. Although other sources including television, instant message, phone/text and miscellaneous sources are options in the poll, social media sites account for nearly 50 percent of the total.  It should be taken into account the place conducting the polling is targeted at a very social media savvy audience.

As with any high profile situation, there is bound to be controversy and complication. If you are anything like me, your Facebook page was taken overtaken by links to the first images and video coverage surrounding the death of Bin Laden related news. According to statements given by the FBI, these links are invalid and contain malware which is spreading viruses and infecting computer systems. The FBI recommends double checking sources found on social networks before clicking through to any links or videos being presented as breaking news.

Although Twitter and Facebook are outstanding sources for information, take caution as you maneuver through the social networks for details regarding these current events.

Was Twitter or Facebook your first stop for news surrounding this issue? If so, why? Share with us on Facebook at Weise Communications and follow @Weise_Ideas on Twitter.

4 Responses to “Social Media: The Popular Source for News”

  1. May 15, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Maybe those in Mashable found out by Twitter, but the general public mostly found out by television and text message.

  2. May 15, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    At a baseball game when the message came through and many people were first finding out via Facebook and mobile messaging on their cell phones.

  3. 3 Heather Hutchinson
    May 16, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Thanks for the comment. Even finding out by text message is a new media, that is an exciting revolution in news.

  4. 4 Heather Hutchinson
    May 16, 2011 at 8:01 am

    The video from the baseball game is quite exciting. As the crowd begins to realize the news and the screens display it – very moving! Thanks for posting.

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