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Do We Rely Too Much On Facebook and Twitter For News?

Uh-Oh, Do We Rely on Twitter and Facebook Too Much?

A commentary recently posted on CNN's website urged readers not to rely solely on other platforms like Twitter and Facebook to communicate important messages. The author, a nonprofit director and web strategist, says,

"The Internet was designed to have no central point of failure, allowing anyone to run his or her own communications channel. This was a system that could withstand a nuclear attack.Today, the services built on top of that network have done a great job in enabling communications, perhaps none more dramatically than Twitter."

Meaning when Twitter goes down, our lines of communication could conceivably break down, too. I see the point, after all, every time there's a Twitter outage that lasts longer than a couple of minutes, #whentwitterwasdown becomes a trending topic almost immediately. But I think it's a little presumptuous to start warning people against relying too heavily on the service. In a time when news and important information is readily available through many different outlets, I think the danger of becoming too dependent on one source is pretty low. What do you think?

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jazzytummy jazzytummy 7 years
above should read "NOT on a data mining site...speaking of technology, where is that edit feature, Sugar?
jazzytummy jazzytummy 7 years
I agree with TrulyLoved...I use the phone and e-mail to keep in touch with my friends. Some that I don't live close to I hear from less often, but that's ok...we text occasionally and catch up face to face when I am back in my hometown. I never understood why people think others are so interested in every mundane thing they do or mood they are in ..."Julie is bored", "Katie is going to the store to buy tomatoes"....seriously, are people that narcissistic? It's nice to know that I am not the only one who is on a data mining site...I mean, social networking site. Don't trust them with the privacy issues, no matter how much they say your stuff is private, it isn't...they are there to make money, money is from advertisers, and your info belongs to them, whether you like it or not. Scary.
hedread hedread 7 years
agree...100%...Let's have more face to face communication like we use to...I miss hearing my friend's voices'
xgreenfairyx xgreenfairyx 7 years
I am also one of the few who don't have a myspace/twitter/facebook thing attached to my normal life. If people were THAT important to me, then indeed, they've got my number. This social networking thing IS getting out of hand. You know its bad when I can't watch a bit of legitimate news without them referencing twitter messages or facebook updates as 'sources'. Shameful.
Anne26 Anne26 7 years
Unfortunately that is what they want from us.
blossommac blossommac 7 years
I made a year abroad so is way cheap for my to use mail/facebook/ twitter to comunicate with them. i used to call them but is really expensive, and sending letter cost a lot here too so is a cheap with to stay in contact. but my friends who live in the same city , we talk every day (still in college) but i won't use facebook who the only way to comunicate with my friends... twitter still dont very commun here , is expensive internet in cellphones
miss-malone miss-malone 7 years
TrulyLoved said it right!
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 7 years
I do have a lot of contacts whose info I have only saved in one spot (like ONLY on yahoo messenger, or only on facebook). If they went down completely and I lost them, I'd be pretty sad.
CurvyGirl8900 CurvyGirl8900 7 years
I absolutely agree w/ TrulyLoved! The only reason I have Twitter and Facebook are for networking purposes! I want to make a career out of what I ♥ doing which is hair and technology, so I find them useful... My friends from high school add me on facebook, but I don't have many wall posts from them!
TrulyLoved TrulyLoved 7 years
I do not have Twitter or facebook or myspace. I am probably one of 10% of the world who don't care for it. Sometimes I think about all the friends I have lost touch with, but then I remind myself why we didn't keep in touch. Our friendship apparently was not important enough to either of us. My real friends know how to use a phone and call me. That may mean I only have a handful of them. I'd rather have a handful than a million who really could careless what happens to me everyday.
CurvyGirl8900 CurvyGirl8900 7 years
I think there's plenty of other sources for info on the web! Think about all the people who DON'T have Twitter?
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