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Print Story: Reporters put Twitter, Facebook to ‘Big Brother’ test – Yahoo! News

Reporters put Twitter, Facebook to ‘Big Brother’ test

PARIS (AFP) – Five journalists plan to lock themselves away in a French farmhouse with access only to Facebook and Twitter to test the quality of news from the social networking and micro-blogging sites.

Twitter and Facebook’s use as news-breaking tools has been highlighted over the past year, particularly during opposition protests in Iran that many media described as a “twitterised revolution.”

This month, Twitter once again played a key communications role in quake-hit Haiti, with users sending harrowing personal accounts, heart-rending pictures and cries for help.

But how would the world look if viewed only through the prism of these sites, whose phenomenal growth has been fuelled by smartphones and, for Twitter, online bursts of 140 characters?

Better than being locked in a room with only access to CNN and Fox

Posted via web from Ted’s Nothing but Net Explorations

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