We all know how Twitter changed our ways of spreading information, setting up trends and even news breaking. You can tell the world about a story or a scene with just few clicks. Now they want to take advantage of this to make delivery of news faster than ever and more convenient according to the article “Twitter To Roll Out A News Network?” by Padameshwar Singh Nongthombam :
According to a report by the Reuters, Biz Stone, Co-founder of the micro-blogging site Twitter is keen on harnessing the large number of news tweets or links from its huge user base to roll out a news network. With the kind of boom that we are experiencing in the social media arena where everyone has become news carrier by ways of sharing them as their status messages or as links, crowd sourcing can certainly click. The co-founder could have certainly seen another big business here.
His vision is to utilize the many layer of information that Twitter allows its users to share and create instant news update service. Right from the very start, it appears to him as a news wire pouring in from everywhere around the world. He also said, “A Twitter news network would not necessarily be run by Twitter itself but would be in partnership with several existing news organizations, and would be open”.
…It is mind boggling to see how Twitter has changed the way we consume or share news. More often than not, people are using it as a tool for breaking news and journalists are way too happy as they get to find news related to politics, entertainment etc, well ahead of others. People can now get news from within the mist of any new event or incident. For instance, on the fateful day of 19th December 2008 when Continental Flight 1404 met with an accident at Denver International Airport, one Mike Wilson, who escaped, tweeted a picture of the foam-covered aircraft. And that was well ahead of any other media and it helped a lot.
Twitter has come to the rescue of many such incidents by breaking the news. In fact it has been the first ever media to break news, create a discussion and amplify them. Information creation and circulation, after Twitter is much higher than that, before Twitter.
This is as good as the hottest and latest news from all over the globe reaching your home as soon as it happens. Sooner than any print periodicals. This is news in your stream.