Electronic media, and in particular the use of social media to report news events, has a number of potential pitfalls. Information spreads quickly, but so does misinformation. A misreported story can spread faster than its corrections. In addition the plethora of new news sources available online makes it difficult to detect biases that might affect the quality of the coverage.Continue Reading
The sheer signal-to-noise ratio of electronic media can be one of its biggest drawbacks. With blogs and private websites reporting on news stories, the first page of search results about a given topic may all often stem from private individuals whose veracity may be completely unknown to a casual searcher. It can be difficult to judge whether or not any particular source is authoritative enough to trust, and those who tailor their coverage to support a particular ideological spin on a story may be seen as equally valid as those who present a balanced news report.
Misinformation is another major problem with online reporting. After the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013, online investigators named a student who had disappeared from his home the previous month, citing some curious social media messages posted by his family. In the end, he turned out to be innocent of the crime, but he was only cleared after the real suspects were named and after his family suffered considerable stress from the resulting public attention.Learn more about Social Media
"Woman Crush Wednesday" is a trend on social media in which users share pictures of women they find attractive on Wednesdays. The trend began on Twitter but has spread to other social media sites and even to prominent websites.Full Answer >
While there is no way to determine who has viewed a Twitter profile by using Twitter alone, by downloading a third party app, a Twitter user can see how popular he is on the social media site. This app allows him to track profile views.Full Answer >
"TBT" stands for "Throwback Thursday" and is a social media trend where users submit content on a Thursday to commemorate a past event, thought or message. Usually, this activity involves posting a photo of something that has already happened. Common themes include images from childhood, important dates and major holidays.Full Answer >
To get more followers on social media, follow like-minded users, keep the profile active, post content regularly, share content from other users and engage with other users, notes Forbes magazine. It can also help to use hashtags and to connect with influential users on specific networks.Full Answer >