Tweeting the news


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Tweeting the news

  1. 1. Tweeting the
  2. 2. Image: Common Pixels - flickr Let’s go back intime for a second
  3. 3. The first newspaper is said to be the Relation aller Fürnemmen undgedenckwürdigen Historien which started printing in 1609. Image: Wikimedia Commons
  4. 4. Almost 100 years later, The Boston News-letter started printing weeklypapers in America and the newspaper industry hasn’t stopped since. Image: Wikimedia Commons
  5. 5. 200 years after that, the Internet fuelledthe next major change in the newspaper industry
  6. 6. Image: HamedSaber - flickr
  7. 7. Let’s jumpforward in time onceagain tothe year 2006 Image: Jonathan_W - flickr
  8. 8. Fledgling start up Odeo was formed totake advantage of the podcast trend......but quickly became defunct when Apple announced that the iTunes store would support podcasts Image: - flickr
  9. 9. Like a phoenix,Twitter was bornfrom the ashes of Odeo Image: Wikimedia Commons
  10. 10. Designed so that users could post fromtheir cell phones, Twitter slowly caught on in the technology industry Image: Johan Larsson - flickr
  11. 11. However, it was an earthquake in August of 2006 that proved the power of Twitter.Users posted about the earthquakeas it was happening and by the fall, Twitter was growing quickly
  12. 12. Image: MutasimBillah - flickr
  13. 13. The 100 most popular newspapers all have Twitter. The average account has 3447 followers. These accounts tweet around 11 times a day.Source: Bivings Report - The Use of Twitter by America’s Newspapers Image: Pablo Charlon- flickr
  14. 14. 37% of newspapers responded to users in 10% of their tweets. Newspapers weren’t just tweeting the news either.Source: Bivings Report - The Use of Twitter by America’s Newspapers Image: Scott Beale- flickr
  15. 15. Almost more importantly thannewspapers using Twitter was the start of regular people tweeting major events. Image: National Library NZ- flickr
  16. 16. Image: Skept - flickrIn June of 2009, following a controversial Iranian election, the Twitterverse exploded with Iranians sharing stories and news from within the country while the media was being banned from entering the country.
  17. 17. Similarly, here in Canada, the recent election hadthe results posted in real time on Twitter before any major news network was allowed to release the results. Image: Eyeline Imagery - flickr
  18. 18. So with the chance to get instant news from around the world, who’s big on Twitter? Image: Jo Peattie - flickr
  19. 19. The highest ranking news network on Twitter is CNN at 20th most followed user.Of the remaining top 20, 17 are celebrities and 2 are Twitter’s own accounts. Image: Matt Becker - flickr
  20. 20. Image: cishore- flickr
  21. 21. With the race to get thenews out fast, credibility of the stories and the reliability of the peoplereporting them becomes questionable Image: Tintin44- flickr
  22. 22. Image: Michael LaCalameto- flickr With no source of income from Twitter,newspapers need users to click through to their own websites to get advertising revenue...
  23. 23. ...but Twitter users don’t rely on adrevenue which makes real reporting financially unsustainable Image: Giovanni Orlando - flickr
  24. 24. So faster but more unreliable news seemsto be the way forward, with Twitter at the heart of the news-volution Image: Stephen Poff - flickr
  25. 25. Image: Xava du- fliThe real question then becomes, is this progress? Or are we seeing the end of journalism as we know it? Only time will tell...