Facebook overtakes MSNBC, CNN as news source

One in four voters get their news on a daily basis from Facebook, while 19% of voters get news on a daily basis directly from MSNBC; 21% from CNN.

Some other highlights from the just-released USC Annenberg-Los Angeles Times Poll on Politics and the Press:

* Forty percent of voters say the media are too liberal, 29% says it’s ideologically balanced and 13% think the news media skew conservative.

* Among Republicans, 70% say the media are too liberal; 20% of Democrats believe the media are too conservative.

* Forty-seven percent of Republicans and 50% of conservatives watch Fox News on a daily basis; just 30% of Democrats and 31% of liberals watch MSNBC daily.


Facebook = FW:

I have a couple of relatives that forward everything thing they find of interest on the ‘net. I’m sure I’m not alone in receiving those emails with ‘FW:” in the subject line. That’s why I continue to lose interest in Facebook. It has increasingly become a place where many people post everything from the ‘net they deem neat. It has become a FW: wasteland. Give me Twitter any day.

Woman complains about firefighter’s Facebook posting

“So the sign says homeless, but she lives in the hotel behind her,” Burt wrote in a Facebook posting Saturday that was later removed. “She checks in at 300+ lbs (I know, because we transported it). She gets food stamps and healthcare. Wondering what your Tn care and Medicare/Medicaid is being used for! Tired of supporting it and others like it! Disgusting!” — More.


Aren’t you glad you didn’t buy at $45? So far, the big winner out of this is Twitter, which I’ll take over Facebook any day. Why? Simplicity and non-intrusive. Pretty soon you’ll have to have a lawyer and pass an FBI background check to get on Facebook.

UPDATE: Ironically, here’s part of an email I just got from Twitter:

In addition, we’ve made a number of updates to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.
Here are some of the main changes to our Privacy Policy, with links for more information:
  • We’ve provided more details about the information we collect and how we use it to deliver our services and to improve Twitter. One example: our new tailored suggestions feature, which is based on your recent visits to websites that integrate Twitter buttons or widgets, is an experiment that we’re beginning to roll out to some users in a number of countries. Learn more here.
  • We’ve noted the many ways you can set your preferences to limit, modify or remove the information we collect. For example, we now support the Do Not Track (DNT) browser setting, which stops the collection of information used for tailored suggestions.
  • We’ve clarified the limited circumstances in which your information may be shared with others (for example, when you’ve given us permission to do so, or when the data itself is not private or personal). Importantly, our privacy policy is not intended to limit your rights to object to a third party’s request for your information.
In our Terms of Service, we’ve clarified how your relationship with Twitter works and made a number of small changes and formatting improvements, such as new headings for easy reference and updated descriptions of our services.
Take a moment to read our new Privacy Policy and Terms of Service, and thanks for using Twitter.
The Twitter Team