Facebook pages are an excellent source for finding and reading either headline or breaking news. There are pages for well-known news media companies such as CNN, ABC, NBC and CBS, as well as independent news providers. This newspaper, the Guardian Liberty Voice, has a Facebook page for each of the main news topics listed above this article. The BBC is another example of a news company that offers many different Facebook pages. The following list is a sampling of its offerings, BBC News Magazine, News, BBC Burmese, World News, BBC Sport and World Service. To get up to the minute news, a consumer only needs Facebook to find a plethora of sources.
When using their Facebook page, the reader will find up-to-date news articles from the sites they have chosen to follow. These posts include the title, a photo, a tidbit of information about the article and the link for reading the complete story. Once the story opens the website is available for further perusal. Otherwise, the e-news consumer must open the news site’s web address to read articles. Reading news updates found among their other posts is easier than opening a browser and typing in a web address.
News and media companies use social media sites to get the word moving. It is not enough to merely write or report the news, but it is also necessary to obtain a larger audience and have those readers return. Additionally, word of mouth referral is also needed to increase readership.
Before the internet and social media, a person could either listen to news radio or hear the headlines on their favorite radio station. The other options for getting up to date information was to read a newspaper or to watch the news on television.
Today, people have cell phones, tablets or computers available to them. It is likely these electronics have replaced traditional television news watching. While checking out the newest post from friends, a person will also read news updates. The new talk around the water cooler includes real-time news. Now, readers have numerous up to the minute news articles at their fingertips.
When Facebook began at Boston’s Harvard College in February 2004, the students made up the total membership. In continuing with the academic perspective of its creators, the website broadened membership to include other Boston Colleges, Stanford University and Ivy League schools. Eventually, the site’s membership was open to more colleges, and even some high-school programs.
Big changes occurred in 2006 when membership began to include all individuals who are at least 13 years old. Adolescents now have the same access to the news and media as adults.
A new revision of the Facebook users Statement of Rights and Responsibilities (SRR) was released on Jan 30, 2015. The first sentence in the document indicates the SRR is structured using Facebook Principles. The primary topics of these principles include the freedom to share and connect, the ownership of information shared and fundamental human equality. Further topics include the freedom of unimpeded flow of information, the equal welfare of users and the concept of one world.
The news and media pages on this social media site do reflect the concept of one world. Aside from the American news outlets and the English language sites, there are pages with different languages such as the ones for India. There are also foreign correspondent groups and foreign press association groups. When using Facebook, consumers have a plethora of up to the minute access to headline news.
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