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The future of journalism

Here is a great blog article on the future of journalism education in a social media world, by Jeremy Porter from his Journalistics blog. It discusses how journalism institutes are needing to change their curriculum to take in account social media networking sites and to create students that are fit for the online world. Continue reading


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The stats on social media

If you’re in doubt about the impact of social media just take a look at these mind-boggling stats I stumbled across on The Huffington Post:

  • By 2010, Gen Y will outnumber Baby Boomers — 96 percent of them have joined a social network.
  • Social media has overtaken porn as the number one activity on the Web.
  • One out of eight couples married in the U.S. last year met via social media.
  • Years to reach 50 millions users: Radio, 38 years; TV, 13 years; Internet, 4 years; iPod, 3 years. Facebook added 100 million users in less than nine months; iPhone applications hit 1 billion in nine months.
  • If Facebook were a country, it would be the world’s fourth largest, between the United States and Indonesia.
  • The fastest growing segment on Facebook is 55- to 65-year-old females.
  • Ashton Kutcher and Ellen DeGeneres have more Twitter followers than the entire populations of Ireland, Norway, and Panama.
  • 80% of Twitter usage is on mobile devices. People update anywhere, anytime. Imagine what that means for bad customer experiences!
  • YouTube is the second largest search engine in the world.
  • There are more than 200,000,000 blogs.
  • 54% of bloggers post content or tweet daily.
  • 34% of bloggers post opinions about products and brands.
  • 78 % of consumers trust peer recommendations.
  • Only 14 % trust advertisements.

Amazed?? I was too. Now we can see how monologues have given way to dialogue. Bloggers, tweeters, forum contributors and Facebook groups are now out there readily influencing the public sphere – reading, sharing information, creating content for others and encouraging participation and conversation online.

Social Media — is it a fad?  by Mike McCready

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