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Newspapers & Journalists losing Power to Twitter

Updated on January 2, 2012

A Happy New Year to you...

¸.·'★ Have you noticed how powerful Social Networking has become? Particularly Twitter. If a story breaks now, the best place to find out what is going on is on Twitter.

How? (for those New to twitter)

Simply type in a few phrases of the story or the name of the person, if it’s not an event and you will be astounded at the amount of people tweeting about it.

Naughty Professional Footballer

This is in effect means the Press are having less “Breaking News” stories because most of them break on Twitter. In 2011, a married Manchester United footballer - had a 7 month affair, with Big brother contestant, Imogen Thomas and had the guts to get a super injunction (gagging order) so his name could not be mentioned in the press. But her name could. Unfortunately, for him someone leaked his name on Twitter. It got retweeted and before we knew it, thousands knew who the footballer was – Ryan Giggs.

He was furious and threatened action against people who leaked his name on Twitter, but legally had no leg to stand on. So, he paid thousands of pounds for nothing! Five years ago, such a story would have come out in the Newspapers.

The Pair below...

Photo from CelebSource
Photo from CelebSource

Destiny’s Child

Celebrities are also smart and Twitter Savvy. Beyonce broke the Twitter Record in August 2011, when she announced that she was expecting a baby, at the MTV Video Music Awards. A record of over 8,000 tweets were sent per second, after the announcement.

I also remember when the news of Michael Jackson’s death came out, I was looking at the news and also following Twitter posts.

Twitter can be of benefit to you:

  • Socially.
  • For Business.
  • Promoting Events / Advertising.
  • Research.
  • Getting Traffic to your Articles / Blogs / Websites.

Ps. If you don’t have time to sit and post your article links on Twitter, just schedule them to Tweet. You can use 10 minutes to schedule over 50 Tweets that will post when you are busy doing other things. For full details, see: Tweeting while Sleeping

Twitter is a powerful tool - No wonder the Saudi Prince, Billionaire Alwaleed Bin Talal invested $300 Million in it - December 2011. Full Story





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    • Lady_E profile image

      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      Cheers Hello Hello. A lot is happening in UK.... :)

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      That was interesting. I never knew all that. Thanks.

    • Lady_E profile image

      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      Hi Shazwellyn, that's an interesting point.

      I must check out your article.

      Best Wishes for the New Year. :)

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      shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain

      Dont think that the establishment are going to allow this people power thing for too long... you only have to look at how Google are being manipulated by Governments as a way of controlling the peasants from communicating and uprising against them.

      You might find my article on lawful rebellion interesting.

      Happy new year Lady E x

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      @Mentalist Acer - Thanks. That's very useful to know. Best Wishes.

      @Anglnwu - True. I also have a Facebook account but prefer Twitter. I love the warm, friendly community on Facebook though - Twitter is more for biz. Happy New Year, too.

      @Hi Ruby - I hope you like what you see when you check it out. Regards.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I admit, I don't tweet..I'll have to check it out..Thank's for the article..

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      anglnwu 6 years ago

      Agreed--twitter is powerful. I've an account but I actually prefer facebook. But as Mentalist acer pointed out, twitter can also be powerful in getting people to act. Happy New Year and rated up.

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      Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      Another Phenomenon Twitter has is that people can go to Corporate sites and complain if they have a problem and will actually get a resolution quickly.;-))