Is this just the beginning of the Twitter-verse?

Since Marissa Mayer has taken over the reigns as the CEO of Yahoo she has had one vision and that is to enhance Yahoo to becoming the leading customized social platform available on the web.  She has done this by thinking outside of the box and finding companies to acquire and new applications to release. This past Thursday Mayer announced a partnership with Twitter which may be another epic change in the way we receive our news. The new partnership will enable Yahoo to select “tweets” to be added to the Yahoo news feed, which is personalized by each user.  The goal of the new partnership is to add relevent and personalized tweets along side personalized news stories  from Yahoo and other sources. Majority of the tweets will be from sources the user is not already following and will suggest that the user start following them. The “tweets” that are selected will be  based off of algorithms (no specific details on the algorithms were released).

After reading this article I instantly thought back to a discussion we had in class regarding  how twitter has changed the landscape of how news is delivered. The world today relies on twitter for up to the second updates for breaking news, but how do we know these “tweets” are reliable? Twitter has created a  competitive environment for up to the minute news which also increases the amount of misleading and false data that is released, even by reliable sources and media outlets. I’m sure that once the news feed is  developed Yahoo will only use twitter handles that are identified authorized users. But these authorized users are all in competition to be the first to release a story, and are always at risk of hackers which has become a major issue as of late.

Yahoo’s partnership with twitter also bring up the idea that eventually there will be no need for traditional news sources to cover breaking news stories.

The questions I pose to the class are, after reading the article,  are:

1) As twitter continues to become more reliable of a source for breaking news, do you anticipate a reduction of breaking news coverage by your traditional news sources (internet, television, radio)?

2) Do you feel that twitter is a dangerous news source to rely on due to its large amount of users and its fast speed of communication?

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4 thoughts on “Is this just the beginning of the Twitter-verse?

  1. I wanted to first comment that I think the highly customize dashboard that Yahoo is creating seems smart to me. I think it is a good differentiation point for them. I still would not put my money behind Yahoo (because if this feature proves to be popular, it could be easily replicated by any other platform).

    I do have to wonder if this partnership idea is a positive trend or not. My worry is that Yahoo will use it as a way to further commoditize Twitter. I just imagine that Yahoo will start to sell promoted tweets to companies who want to feature products. I also think Yahoo will try and form additional partnerships with big news sources to promote their accounts.

    My issue with this is that it takes away from what has made Twitter fundamentally what it is. It should be about a voice of every day people, not of big corporations.

  2. I think it’s pretty cool that we can get our news literally the second it happens as long as a witness has a twitter account. I personally would still go to typical news sources anyway in order to see video and get a professional view on the situation. In the future breaking news will probably always be on twitter before a news agency can get there but that’s just a case of right place right time for the person who is doing the tweeting. One problem I would have with news from twitter is people making assumptions about the situation and reporting them. News agencies do at times recant a story but most of the time they have gotten the facts before they make a report.

  3. Although Twitter is becoming a more reliable source of breaking news as you mentioned, I don’t see it replacing TV or the Internet at this point. I feel like people are still quick to turn on their TV or quickly jump to a news website once they get wind of s breaking news event. A lot of them want more than just a headline and as many details as possible. On TV, they can get up-to-the-second commentary and reports from anchors on the scene. I wouldn’t necessarily deem Twitter a dangerous news source for breaking events, but I would certainly caution against solely relying on it. I think it’s very similar to Wikipedia where you’re able to receive valuable information but this shouldn’t be your only source. A Twitter headline should be complemented with a full article online or a report from a news anchor(s).

  4. I don’t think Twitter will replace TV or internet news anytime soon. I think the public like to hear depth to a story with personal interviews and expert debate. Deep investigation of news stories is something that Twitter in its current form cant necessarily deliver well.

    However, it is an excellent medium for public to report their version of news events. I think this “real-time” view will force TV and internet news companies into presenting news stories in their truest form without the spin that so often occurs. Hopefully this will promote more transparency in the information we receive.

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