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Unformatted text preview: users are. Beyond the chatter about news that takes place in email exchanges, a notable number of
internet users are beginning to treat news organizations, particular journalists, and other
news mavens as nodes in their social networks. In this survey we found that 57% of
online Americans use social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace or LinkedIn –
and 97% of them are online news consumers. Some 51% of the social networking users who are in the online -news population say that on a typical day they get news from
people they follow on sites like Facebook. That amounts to 28% of all internet users who
get news via social networking with friends. In addition 23% of the social networking users who get news online say they specifically
get news from news organizations and individual journalists they follow in the social
networking space. In other words, they have friended or become a fan of a journalist or
news organization and they catch up on news through this relatively new channel of
news dissemination. That amounts to 13% of all internet users. Overall, 30% of internet users get news from friends, journalists or news organizations they follow on social
networking sites on a typical day. In addition, we found that in the general internet population, 19% of online Americans
use Twitter or other status update functions. Of those Twitter users, virtually all (99%)
are online news consumers. And 28% of those who are in the online news consumer
cohort say they get Twitter updates about news from friends and colleagues they follow
on Twitter and 18% follow the Twitter feeds of news organizations or individual
journalists. Combined, that amounts to 6% of all internet users who get news via Twitter
feeds. Pew Internet & American Life Project Understanding the Participatory News Consumer | 56 The importance of news to social experiences online also shows up in one other way in on Twitter and 18% follow the Twitter feeds of news organizations or individual
journalists. Combined, that amounts to 6% of all internet users who get news via...
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This note was uploaded on 07/21/2011 for the course BUSI 10001 taught by Professor All during the Spring '11 term at Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology.
- Spring '11