3 moments in 2012 that show YouTube may soon overtake traditional news sources

TED Blog


When an earthquake shook Costa Rica in September of 2012, it took 60 seconds for the tremors to travel 250 kilometers north to Managua, Nicaragua. And yet just 30 seconds later, the first message about the earthquake appeared on Twitter.

In today’s talk, filmed at TEDSalon London 2012, Markham Nolan of Storyful.com shares why this represents a major shift in the dynamics of news media.

“As journalists, we interact in real-rime. We’re not in a position where the audience is reacting to news—we’re reacting to the audience,” explains Nolan. “We’re actually relying on them. They’re helping us find the news and they’re helping us figure out what is the best angle to take.”

Every minute, 72 more hours of video are posted to YouTube and, every second, 3500 more photos go up on Facebook. As Nolan shares, “The problem is when you have that much information, you have to find…

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