Twitter news coverage is broader, not faster, than traditional media

by Curtis Lee Fulton

A study from the University of Edinburgh finds that Twitter’s breaking news coverage is broader, not faster, than traditional media.

The study examined 77 days worth of tweets and newswire articles and discovered that “Twitter reports the same events as newswire providers in addition to a long tail of minor events ignored by mainstream media.”

However, Twitter and traditional media were equally quick to jump on major news events, “indicating that the value that Twitter can bring in a news setting comes predominantly from increased event coverage, not timeliness of reporting.”