Friday, January 22, 2010

Five French Journalists are going to test Quality of Twitter and FaceBook

Five French journalists have planned to lock themselves in a farmhouse in France for five days (from 1 to February 5, 2010), where they’ll write news based only on what they read on Twitter and Facebook.

They will be isolated from sources of information other than Twitter and Facebook.

They will be given cellphones that cannot connect to the internet.

They’ll have to analyze others’ tweets and Facebook updates to weigh in on what’s true and what’s false.

The journalists in the experiment will have to establish new standards for what can be trusted. For example they can trust the tweets that are re-tweeted by many people, or the tweets from verified accounts.

We can follow them at HuisClosNet.

Their tweets will be in French. You can use Google translate to see it in English.

Social networking sites such as twitter and Facebook are performing Well when considering Speed of new delivery. But the reliabiligy/quality of the News is in question.

This experiment will be used for measuring quality/reliability Social networking sites Twitter and FaceBook.

What do you think? Whether the journalists will be able to post correct/reliable News just by reading Facebook and Twitter?

First of all, is this experiment feasible?

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Dan said...

It should be interesting to see what the journalists are able to acquire from Twitter and Facebook. I would guess that they could only report on the secondary effects of the news, rather than the news itself. In some cases, you can see breaking news on Twitter, but unless you can follow up with phone calls to corroborate the story, you won't have reliability. If the reporters are able to make phone calls, then I suspect they will get some original stories.

In a way, I hope the experiment is unsuccessful. I believe the only way to really get good news is to have a reporter on the ground at the location. If the news industry decides it doesn't need beat reporters and relies on Facebook ant Twitter instead, we as a society are doomed!

Thanks for the posting!


Rajamanickam Antonimuthu said...

Thanks for your comments.

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