Facebook, Twitter Users Gravitate Toward Social Media for News
When it comes to news and information about government and politics, Facebook users are more likely than Twitter users to post and respond to content.Americans are moving closer to social media as a source for news, a trend that cuts across all demographics, a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, in association with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, found. According to the study, Twitter and Facebook users report seeing news about seven of 11 topics asked about in the survey at roughly the same rates: people and events in their community, local weather and traffic, entertainment, crime, local government, science and technology, and health and medicine. Four remaining topics were seen at higher rates on Twitter: national government and politics (72 percent versus 61 percent), international affairs (63 percent versus 51 percent), business (55 percent versus 42 percent) and sports (70 percent versus 55 percent). On Facebook, women are more likely to regularly see posts about health, entertainment, and people and events in their community, while posts about weather, entertainment, crime and health are more commonly seen by women on Twitter.
The analysis suggests that different habits and topics are more suited to different platforms. For instance, following news outlets directly is more common on Twitter, with 46 percent of Twitter users following news organizations, reporters or commentators, compared with 28 percent of Facebook users.