Social Networking Sites As a Breaking News Source

Social networking sites offer people online a gathering spot to casually share their opinions and interests with other like-minded participants. Recent events however have indicated how effective these online communities are for breaking news on a national and international level.

Although interest or opinions may vary from group to group there still remains a common interest in national or world news. Considering these social platforms connect people from all over the world on a 24/7 basis you’re looking at their considerable potential as information sources.

What we’re focusing on here is the ability of these social sites to gather and circulate late breaking news. Compared with the more traditional syndicated news networks it can be argued that social network sites are in fact more efficient and expedient in delivering news to the public. Take that CNN! By passing information along through word of mouth using the speed of the internet news that travels this fast is hard to beat.

Let’s examine 5 reasons why a social network online can outperform the more traditional news broadcasting networks.

News Collected as it Occurs Political

Social platforms do not ‘assign’ people to gather news or information but instead are merely designed to share information or interests. Site members do however possess an insatiable and natural curiosity. Just through sheer numbers members combine to create a catch basin of global proportions. As a result they are capable of collecting information of little or great consequence anywhere in the world on a 24/7 basis.

Information Transmitted Fast

Any information picked up either through heresy or observation is usually immediately ‘released’ on the internet. To date there is no more efficient means with which to dispense information to the general public quicker than the net.

As is often said in basketball, ‘Nothing but Net!’

Syndicated networks for the most part still have certain ‘hoops’ through which they must ‘jump’ before releasing information. This may tend to slow their process.

No ‘Red Tape’ or Protocol

Without the traditional ‘red tape’ or protocol that syndicated news networks contend with online communities hold an unfair advantage. The legalese involving fair play, accuracy, and ethics do encumber syndicated networks. The lack of such restraints however concerning online communities does ‘allow’ for information to be dispensed much faster to the general public.

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