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Could Twitter Replace Your Newspaper?

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015 by | Filed Under: Social Networking, Uncategorized

A lot of people use social media service Twitter for links to breaking news and other news items of interest and Twitter boss Anthony Noto wants to cement that position, even floating the idea that there could be a Twitter Daily Edition that groups together important Tweets on news topics together. 

If you aren’t familiar with Twitter, it’s a social media service, most popular among smartphone users, that allows users to send short messages (140 character) limit.  Sometimes these messages (called Tweets) are friends talking about their life or sports or sharing photographs. But more and more news organizations use Twitter to distribute news and to also receive information from Twitter users on the scene of breaking events.

A Tweet could just be a sentence, but it can also be a photo or a video and, most importantly, a link back to a news site with more information on a breaking event. I worked for many years in a news and in recent years whenever something major was happening, we would always head to Twitter and search the subject to find out if people were reporting things from the scene or posting photos or videos.


So it’s not surprising that Twitter would want to capitalize on this and sort out the Tweets about your dog or your dinner from news content. What form this daily edition might take is still up in the air. It might be a Twitter app that focuses entirely on news events, leaving out your friends’ random musings on life or it could be a daily summary sent out as a Tweet.


As print newspapers struggle to survive in a time when only 21% of people between 25-34 read newspapers daily, finding a way to engage younger news consumers is a priority that could result in big profits.

~ Cynthia

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4 Responses to “Could Twitter Replace Your Newspaper?”

  1. Joe Williams says:

    I have subscribed to my newspaper for sixty years and know many of the writers. Despite the Lexington Herald-Leader’s Sunday edition shrinking from nearly five pounds to less than one pound I still enjoy holding it in my hands before breakfast.
    I have yet to read an electronic book but enjoy reading an average of four books a week and volunteer 90 hours at my public library.

  2. Judy Axtell says:

    My local paper has ceased printing two days a week so I have been forced to read the online editions for those two days. I do like to hold my news, feel the paper, but at age 73, I know times are changing and I can’t always have what I want.

    Our local paper is becoming smaller in size and pages, and is filled with news I have already heard on tv or seen online, but I won’t give it up until they close the door permanently I just wish there was more actual news content and less ad flyers to recycle.

    Would I pay extra to have more new news and less ads? In a heartbeat!

  3. Mike Shyman says:

    Digital newspapers are the way to go. They are cheaper, easier to take with you, and no recycling to deal with.

  4. robert ryant says:

    Newspaper is the best way to read and work the crossword to keep your mind
    sharp.Plus it takes reporters to go out in the field to find the news and
    verify the facts.I am not sure who does that in the digital format.

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