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How Social Media Changed the Way We Consume News [Infographic]

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Social media is fast becoming one of the main destinations for news online. An infographic created by the University of Florida Online, explores the evolution of the news industry and the way news is consumed.

In 2012 there were 2.4 billion Internet users, and 1.4 billion of them were using social media. Nearly 50 percent of Internet users surveyed said they regularly or occasionally heard about a breaking story on social media before it broke on mainstream sources. In fact, since 2009, social media buzz has resulted in a 57 percent increase in traffic to news sites.

Now online dominates the news market, with 64.5 percent of people going to official sites like The New York Times to get their news. Surprisingly, nearly 30 percent of people still get their news from the papers, but social media is hot on print’s heels with 27.7 percent of consumers.

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BlairEvanBall's curator insight, February 21, 2014 4:38 PM

Social Media is closing in on print media as consumers choice for news. Online news has exploded, and is probably one of the reasons why Facebook continues to push NEWS in their news feed.

We as consumers seem to be hungry for news as it happens, and Social Media plays a big role in the delivery of content.

Mr Tozzo's curator insight, February 26, 2014 4:12 AM
How Social Media Changed the Way We Consume News [Infographic]
Sara Prendergast's curator insight, March 6, 2014 10:00 PM

Social media is incredibly important for the exchange of news. This infographic shows the evolution of news in social media, and what made it the important source of information it is today.

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Infographic: You Are What You Tweet: 2011 in Review

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From revolutions ousting autocrats to tsunami-causing earthquakes, 2011 was a globe-changing year. Now that 75% of all Americans use social media to engage, let's consider 2011's trending topics and what they reveal about us.

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News On Facebook: How Social Media Is Changing News Consumption

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Almost half of all adult Facebook users said that they “never” get news on the social network, which amounts to 30% of the adult U.S. population.

Most of those who find news on Facebook are not actively seeking it, according to the study data. Rather, some 78% said that it happened inadvertently -- they were on Facebook for another reason, and a news tidbit just happened to be featured in their newsfeed. Only 22% said they were actively looking for news on their newsfeeds.

Those who consume news on Facebook tend to be younger, the same age group that is much less likely to be engaged with news on other platforms.

The study also found that news consumption on Facebook did not replace other news-consumption activities.

Find more insights from the study's findings at this infographic.

Cllr Jane MA Martin's curator insight, October 31, 2013 4:49 AM

We all need to embrace this if we don't want to be left behind

ExploreCurate's curator insight, November 2, 2013 5:34 AM

I love these pompous graphics images. When you have to scroll, you know their are important. Consumer behavior has always been key. At least for the marketers.


Newspapers saw early social media as a threat. Now they need to be friends with monsters like Facebook. Content is king. Distribution is everything. If you are a newspaper. Probably consumer behavior (and consumtion particulary) should be on top of every newspaper agenda.


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MJUNCKE's curator insight, November 3, 2013 8:47 AM

Facebook doesn't replace our known News-Resources, but it's more and more becoming an additonal News-Ressource for us.