Facebook is an online social networking site that was launched on the 4th of February 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg. The founders of the site had originally intended for the site to be just for students at Harvard University, but later expanded it to include colleges in the Boston area. Nowadays anyone who is 13 or older can join Facebook. Users of Facebook can create a profile, add others as friends, and send messages, and post pictures, videos and status updates. Users can also join specific groups to find people with similar interests to them. Facebook has over 1.3 billion active users as of June 2014.
Twitter is an online social networking service that launched July 2006. Registered users of Twitter are able to read and send 140-character messages called ‘tweets’. The service has gained worldwide popularity, and as of December 2014 has over 500 million users.
Tumblr is a microblogging platform and social networking site founded by David Karp in February 2007. The service allows users to post multimedia to their own blog. Users can follow other users blogs, and even make their own blogs private. As of the 1st of January 2015, Tumblr has over 216.9 million blogs.
Here are two online stories I found by using social media…
On BBC Breaking News Twitter account I found a story about the SolarImpulse, the worlds first solar-powered plane. The plane had attempted it’s first trip around the world.
The exact tweet is as follows…
This tweet also features a picture:
The next story is from Facebook, and was posted by Channel 4 New’s Facebook page. The post was about Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson allegedly punching a producer, it featured another Top Gear present, James May, being asked on his thoughts on the matter.
The exact post…
“The man is a knob, but I quite like him. It’s all getting a bit ridiculous.”
Top Gear‘s James May admitted to being blind drunk when his colleague Jeremy Clarkson allegedly punched a producer.
There was also a video alongside the post of the interview.
Pro’s and Con’s of using social media as a journalist
- You are able to connect more with your readers.
- More people are likely to see your stories, as many social media sites are free to join.
- Your stories are more easily shared through social media.
- There is a possibility of your account being hacked into on social media sites.
- People can steal your work.