Jon Stewart Attacks Ridiculousness Of Twitter News Reporting

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Daily Show host Jon Stewart took to his show on Wednesday for a segment that attacks just how ridiculous the use of Twitter in newsrooms has become.

Stewart wasn’t attacking news agencies that quote sports stars, business people and other Twitter users with knowledge about their own industries, but rather the use of random user accounts to chime in on the news as if it was a consensus of the general public.

Stewart jokes:

“I’m going to assume by now you’re all familiar with Twitter, the social networking site that has become an increasingly popular outlet for news about Justin Bieber and popular revolutions. Did you also know it’s a great newsroom feedback delivery system?”

Jon then reveals that CNN regularly quotes the Twitter user @ladybigmac, a retired bookkeeper who says on her account that she spends her spare time watching golf and NASCAR races but only has 1,500 followers, many who began following her only after CNN began quoting her account, far from a highly influential account. [Read more…]

Exploring Social Media: Twitter Adoption Stats and Demographics

Exploring Social Media article series badgeHitwise recently covered a variety of posts about Twitter traffic with some interesting analysis and reports.

In the most recent post on “Twitter traffic according to Hitwise,” Hitwise reports that the UK, USA, and Australia show a dramatic increase in Twitter usage and visits.

Let’s start with the UK. is the 291st most visited website in the UK. Internet traffic has increased by 974% over one year, see the graph below.

Traffic to Twitter from Australia has also grown significantly, 517.9% up over one year, as shown on the graph below.

…A few days earlier an analysis of Twitter traffic in the USA was also published. According to Hitwise, attracts more visitors than Digg. Twitter is ranked #84 in computers and Internet category, one place before Digg, ranked #85.

In April of 2008, Heather Hopkins at Hitwise analyzed the statistics of Twitter traffic to determine if this social interaction and microblogging service had hit the main steam for acceptance. Her research and analysis found that while it was increasing in usage and acceptance, Twitter ranked at 439 among “Social Networks and Forums” and was ranked at 4,309 for all types of websites. [Read more…]