“Is Michael Jackson Dead?”
However my question was….
“Did the trust of social media news sources also die today?”
As I have never in one day seen Twitter so active with news between the Mark Sanford affair scandal happening here in South Carolina, Farrah Faucett’s death, now rumors of Michael Jackson’s death. Mostly stemming from and article posted on TMZ.com about Michael’s death after being rushed to the hospital for Cardiac Arrest. Seriously people, don’t trust TMZ.com that’s like asking a can of yams the news. Please wait for the report on CNN.com or AP, however, on even on Twitter some of these trusted agencies based their premature tweets on the fact-titious article posted by TMZ.
NOTE: Since I started this post it has been officially reported by CNN.com that he has sadly died, but trusted news sites basing their social media news around a prominent gossip site? Has the world of journalism gone mad?
Could Twitter and other social media sites possibly be used for a source of wrongly informed mass hysteria? Do you remember what happened with the radio broadcast of War Of The Worlds? People during that time trusted their radios so much as a news source that a seemingly real broadcast about Martians invading sent people jumping out their windows. What if CNN.com reported on Twitter that aliens had arrived? What would happen?
Anyways, it scares me a little that people are so trusting of social media based news and that these accounts are more about breaking news than actually breaking a little sweat to find out if things are true.
Never count your tweets before they hatch,