Twitter: the modern Newspaper
A Pew Research Centre report on America’s use of Twitter revealed that the social network is now becoming a popular hub for news among younger adults.
The report said that 52% of American adults who use Twitter log in to read and pass on breaking news items. This means that out of the total population of American adults, 8% use Twitter for news.
Pew also revealed that ‘Twitter news consumers stand out as younger, more mobile and more educated.’ Forty-five percent of the news consumers also fall within the 18-29 age group while 40% have at least a bachelor’s degree.
A separate analysis also revealed that Twitter users following breaking news tend to shift their sentiments quickly and that Twitter rarely mirrors the sentiment of the general population.
For example, after the 2012 school shooting in Connecticut, 64% of Twitter users who commented on the issue said they wanted stricter gun controls while 21% opposed the call. But public opinion was generally mixed following the tragedy.
Five thousand adults were surveyed by Pew from 21 August to 2 September.