And how do you take your news?
A recent Pew study revealed that 50% of those surveyed rely on people around them to keep up with their news. It makes sense - we all link to articles that are of interest to us, and even recommend that clients link to relevant information to engage with potential customers in their social network.
But the word "rely" made me nervous. Sure, when this news clip from Alabama popped up in my Facebook news feed, I thought it was entertaining (honestly, how did that reporter keep a straight face) but I certainly can't rely on my news feed for my news, or I would have a very narrow, albeit humorous, view of our world's current events.
As part of a generation where guys are even popping the question via social media, I suppose I shouldn't be surprised that this is how we're keeping current on news now as well. And the platform is proving successful, with things like The Flipboard iPad app, which personalizes your news experience based on what your friends share.
This makes "getting the news" streamlined and perhaps easier, but I fear for the content and the experience that we'll lose in the process. A couple of weeks ago, I saw on a friend's Facebook status that legendary Coach Dean Smith is "likely suffering from Alzheimer's." This may not be a big deal to a lot of people, but I grew up in a basketball town screaming at the television with my parents and dreaming of my first trip to the Dean Dome as a student, ever since I was old enough to understand the game.
Getting a local NC paper from a friend in the mail, with an article that covered the legacy of Coach Smith at length meant a lot more, and told me more of a story - something I would have never experienced from only sharing news socially. I think this new trend leaves out some of the most important topics, and a lot of the experience.
Our intern, who is only a few short years younger than me, had an entirely different take on how taking news in via his iPad actually enriches the experience.
Maybe there's benefits to both. What's your take?