Social Media has been steadily creeping up on the “Things That Encompass and Take Over Our Lives” list ever since it emerged. Not only is it for finding new music, connecting with our old friends we normally would not even bother trying to reconnect with, or broadcasting our every thought with trending hash tags. It is now a source for breaking news.
Following Osama Bin Laden’s death, it was announced that a Twitter user actually live tweeted the events of Bin Laden’s capture and death. Little did he know he was the only person to cover the actual events as they happened. There have been literally millions of tweets and Facebook statuses about Steve Jobs’ resignation, which just happened. When an earthquake hit the east coast, users turned to Facebook messaging to get in contact with their loved ones when the cell phone service was down. Tweet was even just added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary.
People are no longer relying on the front page of the Sunday paper or the 5:00 news for the day’s and week’s events, they are relying on their live Twitter feeds and Facebook updates on their laptops, desktops, tablets and smart phones. They don’t wait until they get out of bed anymore; people check their smart phones before their feet even hit the floor.
Tell us : what do you rely on for the most recent happenings? Your television set, a newspaper, or social media?