Oct 4, 2011

Like them or not, the latest changes to Facebook offer big ideas for news orgs
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Written by : Tom George| 0 | World News

Via Scoop.itJournalism and Internet

News is social What really works on Facebook (and, I’d argue, works even better since the most recent changes) is that users can see who is sharing what. In. Real. Time. The picture or news story I share on Facebook isn’t just the news. The act of sharing is part of the news, too. It’s difficult to separate the content from the fact that the content is social.I share a story; friends comment on that story.

Some share it on their own Facebook walls, as well. That brings more comments or likes from different people. All of this becomes part of the news.Again, Facebook didn’t create the idea of social news; it simply created a defined space for it online. When I was an newbie journalist, an editor passed down this sage advice: “You want to write a story so a reader spits out his coffee and says, ‘Martha, you’ve got to read this.’” That’s essentially what’s happening when you tweet a link to a news story on Twitter, or share a link to an article on Facebook. “Look, read this. It’s good. (Or it’s awful.)”
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