Article 24

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 individuals from all around the world on a 24/7 basis you're looking at their considerable potential as information sources.


What we're concentrating on this can be a ability of these social sites to gather and circulate late breaking news. In contrast to the more traditional syndicated news networks it could be argued that social network sites are in fact better and expedient in delivering news to the public  Breaking news. Take that CNN! By passing information along through person to person utilizing the speed of the internet news that travels this fast is hard to beat.


Let's examine 5 reasoned explanations why a social network online can outperform the more traditional news broadcasting networks.

News Collected as it Occurs

Social platforms don't 'assign' people to gather news or information but instead are merely designed to fairly share information or interests. Site members do however possess an insatiable and natural curiosity. Just through sheer numbers members combine to make 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 acquired either through heresy or observation is normally immediately 'released' on the internet. Up to now there's no further efficient means with which to dispense information to the general public quicker compared to net.

As is frequently said in basketball, 'Nothing but Net!'

Syndicated networks for the most part still have certain 'hoops' by which they should 'jump' before releasing information. This might tend to slow their process.

No 'Red Tape' or Protocol

Without the original '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 overall public.

Word Gets Out Quicker

News will flow from one individual to another and often time is merely broadcast to the masses. The net result is that information spreads virally and this person to person effect should not be overlook for its efficiency and speed. There is no 'formal' channel by which information is directed which means word is spread continuously, not at scheduled intervals. This process 'increases' both speed and just like importantly exposure.

No Regulated Responsibilities

Within any social network community there's no delegation of duties, responsibilities or authority. You are looking at a world-wide community with the capability of filling any role that could seem appropriate at any given time. From observing an event or translating its meaning to distributing the info this flexibility and spontaneity enables news to be collected and spread like a wild fire.

This lack of structure is made for speed but on one other hand can lead to occasional inaccuracies in reporting facts.

Social networking sites have both channels and the manpower to provide late breaking news at lightning speed. Using person to person to spread information social sites possess the capacity to transmit news unencumbered by any red tape further accelerating the transfer with this information. It is not suggested that online communities replace syndicated news networks as news source but merely that they may compliment them if needed. Social network sites based upon their prominence on the internet possess the potential to become more than these were made for and this should not be ignored.

Go Back