Traditional news outlets are still important but an increasingly large number of adults are turning to another source for their news. That source is Twitter.
The Pew Research Center issued a report called “Twitter News Consumers: Young Mobile and Educated.
Nearly one-in-ten U.S. adults (8%) get news through Twitter, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center, in collaboration with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Compared with the 30% of Americans who get news on Facebook, Twitter news consumers stand out as younger, more mobile and more educated.
In addition, a separate Pew Research analysis of conversations on Twitter around major news events reveals three common characteristics: much of what gets posted centers on passing along breaking news; sentiments shift considerably over time; and however passionate, the conversations do not necessarily track with public opinion.
Twitter as a news source? I see it to some degree but, for the most part, it seems like a sucker play which can be dominated and gamed by people who know how to get people stirred up.
It may be more of a testament to the ability of the online community to allow those who know how to manipulate it and what can be accomplished.
What do you think?