Pew Research Center. November 14, 2013.
How do different social networking websites stack up when it comes to news? How many people engage with news across multiple social sites? And what are their news consumption habits on traditional platforms? As part of an ongoing examination of social media and news, the Pew Research Center in collaboration with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation analyzed the characteristics of news consumers and the size of their population across 11 social networking sites. [Note: contains copyrighted material]
http://www.journalism.org/files/2013/11/News-Use-Across-Social-Media-Platforms1.pdf [PDF format, 10 pages]
Pew Research Journalism Project. November 4, 2013.
Nearly one-in-ten U.S. adults (8%) get news through Twitter, according to the report. Compared with the 30% of Americans who get news on Facebook, Twitter news consumers stand out as younger, more mobile and more educated. According to the survey, 16% of U.S. adults use Twitter. Among those, roughly half (52%) “ever” get news there — with news defined as “information about events and issues that involve more than just your friends or family.” Mobile devices are a key point of access for these Twitter news consumers. The vast majority, 85%, get news (of any kind) at least sometimes on mobile devices. That outpaces Facebook news consumers by 20 percentage points; 64% of Facebook news consumers use mobile devices for news. The same is true of 40% of all U.S. adults overall, according to the survey. In addition, analysis reveals three common characteristics: much of what gets posted centers on passing along breaking news; sentiments shift considerably over time; and however passionate, the conversations do not necessarily track with public opinion. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
http://www.journalism.org/files/2013/11/Twitter-IPO-release-with-cover-page.pdf [PDF format, 6 pages].
Pew Internet & American Life Project. October 28, 2013.
More internet users are using photos and videos as a social currency: 54% of internet users have posted original photos or videos to websites and 47% share photos or videos they found elsewhere online. Young adults and women lead the way in each of these activities. Cell phones and smartphones have given rise to photo- and video-sharing apps. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
http://pewinternet.org/~/media//Files/Reports/2013/PIP_Photos%20and%20videos%20online_102813.pdf [PDF format, 16 pages].
Pew Research Journalism Project. October 24, 2013.
On Facebook, the largest social media platform, news is a common but incidental experience, according to this report. Overall, about half of adult Facebook users, 47%, “ever” get news there. That amounts to 30% of the population. Most U.S. adults do not go to Facebook seeking news out, the online survey finds. Instead, the vast majority of Facebook news consumers, 78%, get news when they are on Facebook for other reasons. And just 4% say it is the most important way they get news. However, the survey provides evidence that Facebook exposes some people to news who otherwise might not get it. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
http://www.journalism.org/files/2013/10/facebook_news_10-24-2013.pdf [PDF format, 25 pages].
Pew Internet & American Life Project. October 10, 2013.
Over the past four years, the percent of American adult internet users who upload or post videos online has doubled from 14% in 2009 to 31% today. That includes 18% of adult internet users who post videos they have created or recorded themselves, many of whom hope their creations go viral. The share of online adults who watch or download videos has also grown from 69% of internet users in 2009 to 78% today, and mobile phones have become a key part of the video viewing and creating experience. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
http://pewinternet.org/~/media//Files/Reports/2013/PIP_Online%20Video%202013.pdf [PDF format, 23 pages].