Here are some thoughts when you look at the mix of media outlets:
- Hello, Twitter is a News Brand: Sure, any traditional news outlets can put links to their stories on Twitter with the hopes that they’ll get some new readers. However, if I care about what the Drudge Report says or The Smoking Gun, I’ll be checking out their breaking news directly. So, I think the numbers in the Pew Center’s article don’t show anything beyond the obvious.
- Size Matters: The Pew Report states, “Twitter’s user base is far smaller than such sources as Google or Facebook.” In my mind, this point of their research is a non-starter. Twitter has 175 million accounts, Facebook has 600 million. And when did you see the founder of Twitter on the cover of Time magazine? Besides, that’s what Google does; it is a search engine to point people to the news that they are searching for. Where’s the exciting research here, Mr. Pew?
- The Core of Apples and Oranges Comparison: Or better yet, comparing beverages like Coca Cola with Fuel. One is a traditional drink that continues to work its way through new marketing channels, the other is a newer kid on the block that wants to break in. By the way, the Twitter account for Fuel only has 228 followers and, as of my post, has not posted a Tweet since last November (maybe they need to take their own medicine and get a jolt to update their Twitter account).
Look, social media is still the Wild West. If you don’t believe me, check out http://www.namechk.com/ to see the 159 places where you can register your user name besides LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.