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Over the weekend, two major events happened. We had a terrorism scare here in NYC, and in my hometown, there was severe flooding. And I heard about both of these huge events not on CNN or ABC, but on Facebook.
In fact, I pretty much hear about all the newsy stuff on Facebook first.
That's a little scary to think about, seeing as this "news" is coming to me via social media conversation. And I trust it. Even if the source is my friend's boyfriend's half-brother who I only met once. But heck, if he says there was a terrorist threat, by golly, there must've been.
It's kind of amazing to think about. Just by scrolling down my newsfeed, I can get the headlines of the day right there along with a funny YouTube video of talking oranges. Wow, things have changed so much in the last few years. I can see it now, telling my kids, "Back in my day, we used to get our news from the TV." "Mommy, what's TV?" Sigh.
Is this a good or bad thing? In my opinion, it's a good thing. Social media is what our world has become ... we live in a Facebook world, whether we like it or not. It has become the fourth largest source of traffic for news, behind Google, Yahoo!, and MSN. Yes, Facebook. That website that hosts your boozing photos from college and your status updates about your kid's potty-training progress. It's just the way information is shared now, instantaneous, so we might as well embrace it.
Do you use Facebook to get your news? Are you surprised that it's the fourth largest source of traffic for news?