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Social Media Making the News

Social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr are making the news in more ways than one.

Putting themselves in the news, these sites are reporting on news in-house. Facebook and Tumblr are hiring for new positions to report on news relative to their sites’ users. In an article by Brian Stelter in the New York Times, he writes that Facebook has already hired a 2009 Northwestern University graduate, Daniel Fletcher. Tumblr has hired previous writers and editors in media including Chris Mohney, from BlackBook Media, as the editor-in-chief and Jessica Bennet, a senior writer and editor from Newsweek Magazine.

What does this mean for the users? The content the users post and comment on will run as major stories. Essentially, we are tipping off the writers of these sites. The administrators of these sites are hoping that this increase in user-specific content will cause the users to spend more time on these sites. Financially, this helps sites like Facebook and Twitter gain more money seeing as how more time spent on these sites makes them more and more valuable.

Whether this is a good thing or not depends on the driving force behind each user’s social media preference. Articles are constantly being reposted and retweeted in social media, and now it’s becoming more prevalent.

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  1. Mike Blackerby
    February 9, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Very interesting Josh. The person that can figure out how to provide news for profit via social media will be very rich. Still very much open to debate how that’s going to work — but it will happen, eventually. … Mike B.

  2. February 10, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Well, considering how it’s going to work, it has already been done. Journalists are being employed by these social media sites to drum up stories on what their users are already talking about. Essentially, they’re already doing what newpaper journalists are doing–finding topics through concentrated interested users and expounding on them. The only difference these sites are making is they are writing news in-house, making the sites more than social media. It’s making them news sites. It makes sense considering Facebook or Twitter is where many people get their news from.

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