Like hard news (NOT news stations) social media is lame. Well, maybe not lame, but certainly makes me feel like I (Alison, that is) have déjà vous.
Within 10 minutes of the Chandler Mall lockdown yesterday, I must have read 150 tweets from media wanting to be the first to report on the topic and reporting it from all of their feeds. Just one problem.
No one was really first.
Everyone was all sort of tied.
And it was all really repetitive.
And it really junked up my Tweetdeck.
That’s the main reason I hate breaking hard news stories that don’t lend themselves to analysis or commentary on Twitter.
Sports breaking news is one thing – if a story breaks, there are immediately 150 tweets about it but almost all of them follow with opinion or speculation.
With regular hard news, however, you just can’t do that. Things like a shooter in a mall are serious and social media doesn’t lend itself well to that sort of thing. Or maybe it is the other way around.
And, come to think of it, I think I have a second problem. All day long, I got reports that the suspect was a fugitive, only to find out that was never the case. This brings up an entirely different can of worms!
Anyone else agree? Anyone else get the tiniest bit annoyed when their Tweet Stream is overrun with one story for half the day?
Before you go crazy on the comment section, I am not against hard news, but I am just wanting the media that is adept at social media to find an innovative way to report it in the social space – if there is a way.