Social Media and News: Quick But Not Always Accurate

An infographic from (with a hat tip to Mashable) gives a little insight into the world of social media and news.

It’s popular to think that social media is replacing traditional news outlets as many people’s source of news. It’s popular because it is true. Of course, just because something is popular doesn’t mean it’s the right way to go. In fact, what is popular can often be confused with what is easier and oftentimes, easier produces inferior results.

The data in the infographic is intriguing and makes one wonder if people will learn to be more discerning as to where they get their news from or if we will continue down the road of not being able to tell fact from fiction in online news. Take a look for yourself.

So where do you stand? Do you trust social media as a news source? Do you want to believe everything that is reported as news in social media or is that a bad idea? What is the balance and how can it be struck so we are more well informed vs. misinformed?