Which news outlet provides “real” valid news? Mainstream Media like CBS, CNN or NBC or Twitter? Let’s examine them.
The shear method of news collecting and presentation makes Twitter the winner in presenting “real” valid news. Mainstream media has a process of gathering, processing and then presenting news. They collect the data then process it into a story. Are they facts or data biased? Manipulated? Or massaged if you will? Maybe. They are the professional broadcasters. They know what makes a headline and ratings and this is what their goal is….high ratings. Mainstream media only covers news or stories that will make high ratings. Their goal is to make money.
Twitter is much different. Twitter users post news for other reasons. They need to be heard or want change or want the world to see something like natural disasters, fighting, corruption, people helping people, etc. Twitter users tend to post what they see and hear with no preparation or processing of information. It’s news directly from the eyes or ears to Twitter. It’s the most direct news report possible. People are on the spot where the news is occurring. They write and submit videos at the vary scene.
Mainstream media are controlled by Governments or large organizations. The news is “massaged” and reviewed before being aired. News broadcasters have actually misreported events and had to make corrections later. This is bad news.
Twitter is not affected by any organizations because average people are the reporters and no one has control over them. They will find a way to report news in the worst of situations.
Here are some examples of Twitter providing the news first.
Cassy Hayes and Jasmine Coleman were the very first people to arrive outside the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medial Center when Michael Jackson was brought to and later passed away. How did they know so fast? Twitter.
Iranian protestors used Twitter to assemble protests and marches in Iran. They were protesting the election which they thought was unjust. Governments find it hard to control this type of media, People can tweet from their smart phones which makes it extremely hard to stop. Twitter news is often the most accurate.
The Mumbai terrorist attacks were first covered by Twitter along with the US Airways jet that landed in the Hudson River. Pictures and video were on Twitter before it ever hit TV.
Twitter introduced Hashtags in 2010 to allow users to embed flag emoticons in tweets. Use the hashtag (#) and then the first 3 letters of the country…like this #USA.
The World Cup Tournament is comprised of 32 countries, all of which have Twitter accounts and will be tweeting news on the race. If you want live news on this race, Twitter is the place to watch. Teams, players, coaches, press and fans will be tweeting the entire time. Even the Iranian team have Twitter accounts.
Twitter not only features 150 character text posts but also photos and videos.
TwittEarth.com or Twitter Earth is a social media visualization effort. It provides a global image mapping twitter activity. Social media and of course Twitter have brought communication to lands where technology and capital make it unobtainable. Third world countries can now be heard internationally. This will bring about change which should have occurred long ago. Millions of people and cultures are living in the past.
Now you can hear everyday people from every country. Get first hand news from the actual people making and watching history.
Twitter Earth has moved to www.twittearth.fr. You can follow the visualization of global communications there.
Some Twitter statistics that are amazing.
- 300 Billion tweets since Twitter started
- Over 241 million users around the world
- The largest user of Twitter is China with 35 million users
- 63% of businesses have a Twitter account
Want to communicate directly with a business? Tweet them. Want to see the latest products being developed? Watch Twitter and see what they are promoting. Businesses often release information on their products and sometime need public opinion. Here’s you chance to engage businesses about products.
If you have a business or are starting one, you need to get on social media like Twitter. The audience is huge. You can get your ideas and products in front of millions of people/consumers.
Here are the top reasons why people follow businesses on Twitter.
- Discounts and promotions
- Free merchandise
- Fun and entertainment
- Upcoming sales
- Access to exclusive content
Twitter is “realtime” news. If you want to see what’s going on in Syria, Egypt, Israel or China, then watch Twitter. People on the streets are reporting news as it happens. The great thing about people reporters is that there is no bias or content blocking. News stations are controlled by governments and may not report everything as it occurred.