It is so crazy for me to think that many people get their news from social media sites now rather than actual news sites. Its not like they are only using the social media sites, but it is more of a common trend now than it used to be. How accurate do you think the news found on the social media sites is? After reading a blog on Crisis Blogger about the recent Austin plane crash and how they used Twitter as a way to not only gain more information about the crash, but to spread the word about the crash to a large number of people.
The blogger talks about how he was in a meeting during the time of the crash and was notified of the happenings. They sent out many information releases to get the information out about the event. But along with those information releases, it was Twitter that was driving the information out to the public.
Also mentioned in the blog is how social media sites now are the first place people go when they hear about something interesting or when they witness something crazy or insane, therefore the news gets out there in the open before it is even reported about. Whether the information they post on the social media sites is accurate, it is getting out there to the public.
Many different types of media use the social media sites as a way to retrieve news. You may think that they are out their reporting the information and asking questions, but little do we know they are getting it just from the site, according to the blog.
I think that social media is taking a new seat in the eyes of news. It is not only a place to reconnect with people or get your name out their in the business world, but it is now a prime stop for news. Whether it be news someone heard about, witnessed, or actually reported on, the social media sites are slowly growing in the sense of news. I hope that there is a line the is drawn to separate the social media kinds of news from the actual news because how will we know what it true and what is false? I think that with the news appearing on social media sites, it looses a little bit of credibility because how do we know it was posted by a legitimate source, or if it was just someone writing about it for fun?
What are all your thoughts on this? Do you think that a social media site is a place to post news and stories? Or do you think that we should stick to the old fashioned reporters and tv news? do you think that the social media sites will lessen the credibility of the stories or do you think that it will raise the credibility? Do you think that what was said in this blog is true, that news is most likely found off the social media sites? or not?