Month: February 2013

Are social media sites becoming the new source for news?

Instagram on laptop

Instagram on laptop

Social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook have become substantially popular in the recent years.  At the moment, Facebook, and to a lesser extent, Twitter, dominate the intersection of social media and news.

According to the Pew Research Centers for Excellence in Journalism, more people use Facebook over Twitter for news.  On any device, 7% get their news on Facebook more than the 3% who do on Twitter. Those numbers may grow as we transition into an even more digital world of journalism. Another 19% say they get recommendations via Facebook, and 4% get recommendations via Twitter.

The populations of Twitter and Facebook news users are not equal, however. Fully 82% of those who ever get some news via Twitter recommendations also get some news via Facebook recommendations. (more…)