Twitter hashtag spreads news in New York

This New York Timesarticle on the use of Twitter in the recent elections sheds light on two important trends in social media that are important for journalists to remember. First, things like hashtags allow information to be grouped and organized, which is a concept that is extremely important in the world of the Internet, where anything can be published about any topic at any time. Second, the everyday Joe can be an important bearer of news. Like in this article, sometimes the people are the ones who are illuminating problems in the community, not just the paid journalists.

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