Social news sharing — How it influences people’s lives?

Sharing news through social media platforms
"Facebook and Twitter as the social media platform for social news sharing". Image: Lic. Marcos Gasparutti, CC BY-SA 2.0


With the advent of the Web 2.0 era and the development of technology contemporarily, people increasingly rely on the use of social media to share news, which could also make the news disseminate broadly to compare with the traditional way of the newspaper. However, as this innovation brings numerous benefits and convenience to the public, whether it post challenges for the aspects of political-economic, and social is valuable to be considered.

This article seeks to introduce the genesis and history of news sharing firstly, then explain the transformation of news sharing patterns. The question of how it became part of historical trends in communications media will be addressed. Besides, who controls the key business and who benefits or not from the transformative effects will be discussed. Ultimately, how it affected my life and the problems it brings will also be revealed.


Figure 1. “Social Media Tools” by jrhode is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0


The Genesis of social news sharing

According to Kümpel, Karnowski, & Keyling (2015), social media currently have become a constitutive part of news distribution and consumption. In the previous decade, the rapid development of the social media industry motivates the alter of news consuming, distributing, and sharing (Martin & Dwyer, 2019).

Technology had changed rapidly from the 20th century, and the earliest form of the Internet was born in the 1960s. With the appearance of UseNet — communicate through a virtual newsletter in 1979, and the Minitel — be built before website by France in the late 1970s, which is the network available to the public by telephone (“Minitel: The Online World France Built Before the Web”, 2017).

Six Degrees appeared afterward, which is the first social media sites, social media, as well as the Internet was becoming gradually sophisticated (“The Complete History of Social Media: Then And Now”, 2020).

Contemporarily, major media sites provide significant sources of traffic so that increasingly people are used to consuming news from them, which forms the widespread nature of news sharing (Bright, 2016). The genesis of news sharing attribute to the development of social media to a considerable degree.


How it became a part of historical trends in communications media?

The reason why it gradually became a part of historical trends in communications media is that this way of publishing news is more convenient for posting content. And as the processes have been simplified, it also facilitates news sharing for both the individuals and media organizations (Kümpel, Karnowski, & Keyling, 2015).

Except for the inevitability of historical development, it could also associate with internal factors of users. According to Bright (2016), people who decide to send the news to others also depend on “micromotivations for news sharing” to a certain extent, which predates the popularize of social media. Social connections and social status could be improved because passing news will make those in power appear rich in information and intelligence. Social news sharing seemed like a new trend previously, however it should be admitted that platforms like Facebook are the natural outcomes of the improvement in the past decades (“The Complete History of Social Media: Then And Now”, 2020). Thus, social news sharing could become inseparable parts of the historical trends of network development.