I can’t remember the last time I picked up a newspaper to see what was going on in the world. Today, I get most of my news on social media, and statistics show I’m not alone. By following accounts that share news that is relevant and interesting to me, I feel informed and connected to the world just by looking at my phone.
Social media allows me to tailor my timelines so that I can get a mix of world news, local news, entertainment news and industry news. Social networks, Twitter and Facebook especially, let me easily share news stories with my friends. It is the most convenient way to not only read news today, but also to discuss it and share opinions with others.
The ability to customize is why I love social media. For example, this weekend I was reading national stories about the election when a tweet popped up announcing Syracuse’s Juice Jam lineup (after which I immediately screamed and shared with my followers).
Things are about to get 🔥! PRESENTING JUICE JAM 2016… pic.twitter.com/I4Ai6Kxs3Y
— UNIVERSITY UNION (@universityunion) September 9, 2016
Clearly, Twitter has become the quickest way for reporters and organizations to break news stories. However, it also has a timeless quality. Today, on the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, my timeline was flooded with posts remembering the events on that day.
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) September 11, 2016
By using video, links and photos, social media allows users to retell old news stories in an engaging way.
Social media makes me want to read the news. It makes it easy for me to get information, share it with others and connect with people who share my interests. That’s why I use it and love it.