Twitter is a social networking website that brings people together from all over the world. It was launched only 10 years ago and since then gained hundreds of millions users.
Social media is now working alongside reporters. More often than not, reporters are breaking news on twitter as the social factor allows these stories to spread rapidly. People can share relevant stories that come across one particular hashtag.
I think Twitter is the perfect example of media convergence. It is a place where society comes together and speaks out their mind. Most trending topics can cause, so called, Twitter storms, that break the news on certain occasions. Many media outlets also use conversations on twitter as a basis of their headlines.
Stories like the Royal Wedding announcement (2010), Woolwich murder (2013) or the Osama Bin Laden raid (2011) were broken on Twitter. Posts about the Earthquake in Beijing (2008) were trending on Twitter before any media outlets had a chance to report it.
According to Amy Bell “Twitter is already a far more effective tool for reporting, discovery, dissemination and collaboration than anything the BBC will ever produce.”