According to a new study, of the 16 per cent of US adults who use Twitter, half get news from the microblogging site that's preparing for an IPO, expected this Thursday, that should set its value at up to $13.6 billion. "News", in the context of the survey conducted by the Pew Research Center in collaboration with the Knight …
'more educated' is debatable.
It's interesting to see what's covered on cnn.com, what shows up on Google news, and what gets noise on twitter. For example, the flap in Texas about the abortion filibuster got tons of twitter movement, nothing on CNN, and Google had a mention 5 or 6 days later. I think it got more mention on El Reg than American "news" sources.
Our local paper is horrendous. The spelling/grammar is barely high school level, and they will have a paragraph directly contradict itself two sentences later. The top 3 (and usually only) comments to EVERY story will be a working-from-home spam.
That guy that shot a TSA agent? Our paper had a "whoo! the shooter went to an Orlando motorcycle repair school! we have a local angle!! whoo!" and you thought the "what IT angle?" guys were bad...
... basically there's a whole bunch of Merkins who get all their information about what's happening in the world in 140 characters or fewer...
Short Attention Span Theater
It's really all they can handle. That and not having a life.
Twitter - a news feed for people who can't grok RSS
"This two-part report is based first on a survey of more than 5,000 U.S. adults (including 736 Twitter users and 3,268 Facebook users)"
Well, actually, 5,173. From which the deduction is made that 16% of the entire adult population of the USA use Twitter. Srsly? While it's comforting to think that 84% of the USA's adults don't use Twitter, it's less comforting to think that "PewResearch Journalism Project" can make 736 out of 5,173 equal 16%
Interestinkly, the report also states: For Twitter users, the margin of error is plus or minus 4.6 percentage points. For Facebook users, the margin of error is plus or minus 2.2 percentage points.
Twitter Users More Than Twice As Likely To Lie as Facebook Users Shock