Twitter has become a place to share stories, opinions, and most importantly breaking news. Individuals everywhere are live tweeting from all over the world at any time of the day. Is there a violent student protest in Venezuela? A shooting in south side Chicago? Or another protest in Brazil? Our first source and information for any of these events are through tweets and tweeters themselves. One of the first cases in which Twitter was used as a news source and newspaper was the time when a U.S. Airways flight made an emergency landing in the Hudson River on January 15, 2009.
According to the Huffington Post, the thing that makes Twitter so unique is its customizable feature. “We choose our sources. They choose the content.” The amount of sources are on Twitter is endless making it a perfect fit for each and everyone of us. Instead of hearing a story from a reporter, Twitter allows us to hear the story straight from the actor, the athlete, or the CEO of a company. But how accurate or credible is Twitter? This is the greatest difficulty when it comes to getting news from a social media platform. News can be edited, sources can be un-credible, and words may become twisted.
However, there is no way of denying that Twitter is the fastest, easiest, and most convenient way of getting our news. We have current events, news stories, and pop culture right in our pockets. Even though the facts can get lost, edited, and twisted through the Twitter stream, for the most part Twitter can be a reliable way of getting the news right from the source. So where will Twitter go from here? Will it actually replace printed, hard copies of newspapers? The truth is that the future of both Newspapers and Twitter is unpredictable. We will have to wait and see what direction this social media platform will take!
Wexler, Adam. “Twitter Is the 21st Century Newspaper.” The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 12 Feb. 2014. Web. 13 Feb. 2014. <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/adam-wexler/twitter-is-the-21st-centu_b_4774976.html?utm_hp_ref=technology&ir=Technology>.