As a society, social media impacts our daily lives in ways that we could have never imagined five years ago. 81 percent of divorce lawyers have confirmed an increase in cases using social networking evidence in the last 5 years. Social networking sites like Facebook, Youtube and Twitter are fast becoming a constant source of alternative news for Internet users, and also becoming a channel in which users can direct the focus of national news media.
Twitter has become known for breaking news ahead of traditional media. Users were practically tweeting about the 2011 D.C. earthquake as it was happening. Users in New York City were seeing tweets about the quake appear in their streams half a minute before they even felt it; talk about predictive tweeting. Social media is breaking the news first, and it’s just as often part of the story, touching our lives and shaping our memories.