If you’re anything like me, chances are you’ve heard about some pretty big news stories on Twitter before they hit the traditional news sites. The most memorable for me was the death of Michael Jackson. I saw Harvey Levin from TMZ tweet about Michael’s death and I immediately went to Google and some news sites to verify that it was true. Nearly 20 minutes passed before any other news agency had Michael’s death up on the Web. Go, Harvey Levin!
Sure, sometimes what’s tweeted isn’t accurate. But, oftentimes the really big stories break on Twitter before the news sites publish their stories. This infographic has some great stats about breaking news online and whether social media is replacing traditional media as the go-to news source.
Courtesy of: Schools.com
What do you think? Where do you get your news? Do you take stories that break on social media with a grain of salt or is that the first place you go to see what’s happening?