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Social Networks replacing News Sites

August 18, 2009
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Every day more and more people are joining up to the social networking craze.  If Bebo didn’t originally suit some people, there was always MySpace. By far the biggest one at the moment is Facebook.

When considering Facebook and the media, it can be increasingly seen how a confergence between news and social networking could happen. If people are logging into their facebook account one or two times a day, upcoming news bulletins along with your friends posts are a practical idea.

This question was asked in Vadim Lavrusik blog when he said: “With increasing convergence between social media and traditional content, what is known as a traditional news website might not exist in the coming years.”

He discussed how NewsCloud, a community site for sharing news,  received a grant to study how young people receive their news through social networking.

NewsCloud has set up three sites (Hot Dish, Minnesota Daily and Seattle In:Site) that attract readers in news by linking them to articles by providing a “headline, photo, or blurb”. These three sites also encourage users to blog the news themselves, posting links and images, thus encouraging citizen journalism. Participants can enter into competitions, winning themselves prizes, all with the intention to keep the readers engaged.

This all shows how Facebook has become a platform for news sites to disseminate their information and attract more readers. News spreads so quickly through these websites such as Twitter, that it seems an obvious medium for news digest.

This topic lead me to another article called ‘How Journalists can Master Twitter”. Twitter, similarly described in this article can be used for many things. Breaking stories, celebrity updates on who they just went for dinner with, or traffic updates to your mobile.

As Paul Brashaw said in his blog , “it is what you make it and the only way to figure it out is to start using it”. He explains that twitter can be a useful medium for gathering information for stories. The more people you so call “follow” the more likely it is you will find an interesting story to write about. Often when you read celebrity magazines they include extracts from peoples twitters. Some celebrity magazines even have sections dedicated to funny twitters, or ones discussing their ever dramatic love lives. Many newspapers and politicians now have twitter pages giving you direct quotes for your articles.

Like paulbradshaw says, “twitter is just a platform-it’s what you do with it is what counts”.


Twitters Use in Online Blogging

August 9, 2009
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Social Media Networks are used for many things; Bebo and Facebook for connecting with friends, MySpace for its extensive music webpages and finally Twitter, a service that lets you keep in touch with people through the exchange of quick, frequent answers too one simple question: ‘What are you doing?’

Over the past six years the public’s use for online networks has soared, but its use for citizen and professional journalists alike was not something to be expected.

Online Micro-Blogging websites such as twitter have become a forum for political debates during the Iraq war, and more recently the war in the Gaza Strip in late December 2008, where the media was banned from entering.

Online Blogging was used on both sides of the war, with Israel making no secret of its intent to use the social media to its advantage. Their Consulata General in NewYork held a pres conference on Twitter and they launched a Youtube channel to provide footage and ariel from ground attacks. On the Palestinian side twitter users such as AJGaza, GazaNews and Tweets from Gaza, used this forum for inside information of casualties and called on the world to pressure the Israelis into cease fire.

Asteris Masouras (@asteris on Twitter) is a freelance photojournalist who wrote an article for the European Weekly Online Newspaper, believes in the use of Twitter for important online Information in times of conflict.

“A global peace movement is emerging that uses Flickr to share photos from demonstrations”, Mr. Masouras said in January 2009 article ‘Twittering Away’.  “Twitter (is used to) republish reports and argue heatedly, and collaborative portals and blogs to collate reports, as it petitions the slothful international community to enact a ceasefire and react to the developing humanitarian crisis”.

Although Twitter can be seen as very annoying and in some ways ruining traditional journalism, if it in any way can help people in a time of war, I support it.

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