(Newspaper-less experiment, week 8)
Is this, to your left, really ‘breaking’ news? REALLY?!?
Let me give you the back story, and then you can decide.
In the last 24 hours, Twitter has changed it’s ‘Update’ button on Twitter.com to read ‘Tweet’ (see left).
(Brian, also qualified this in the link / subsequent post, shedding some much needed perspective on the ‘scale’ of this news, but nevertheless…)
But, Brian touched on a point in his post which has been bothering me for months; in the world of Social Media this IS considered significant ‘news.’
From his post: “In the grand scheme of things, this news seems a bit insignificant in light of other current events However, it is significant in the world of Social Media. “
A ‘new’ news criteria?
Does this ‘update’ really pass the “so what?” test? Is it news?
Prominence, topicality and change. Yes.
Proximity and action. Maybe.
Conflict, rarity, consequence and personality. Hmmm, no.
For me, this barely passes as news (in the traditional sense), let alone BREAKING NEWS, so should we be classifying it in that way?
Quantity engulfing quality?
Imagine being an alien and arriving on planet Earth and you asked someone:
“So, what’s making news today?”
And you replied:
“Oh, the big story of the day revolves around some letters on a web page being replaced by some others, and it’s just thrown us all into disarray…we now ‘Tweet’ instead of ‘Update.’ True story.”
If I was that alien, I’d hop back on my spaceship and never come back…ever!
My big fear when I embarked on my newspaper-less experiment for 2010 was that quality would be replaced with quantity.
I think if I was in a court of law right now, I’d quite happily refer to this example and say:
“The defence rests your honour.”
What would your decision be?
Sentenced to Tweet-jail for the remainder of your natural life for blatant and repeated use of illegitimate ‘breaking’ news ‘Tweetlines’?
Or, does this now qualify as big news?
Do we need a new term?
It’s YOUR community…you decide!
Brian Solis: If you do happen to read this, I hope no offence has been taken, and as you rightly clarified in your post there is an argument for this being ‘big’ news for people interested in Social Media…of which I am one of those people, hence asking this question 🙂