Twitter Better Than News Outlets For Events, Research

Research by the University of Edinburgh into 51 million tweets has found that there is ‘little evidence’ that the social media service will replace regular news outlets. Scientists at the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow developed a software algorithm to track Twitter activity over 11 weeks in the summer of 2011, and discovered that neither Twitter nor newswires were regularly faster than the other in breaking high-profile news.

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