Through the development of internet and the spread of its availability, lots of social media sites and apps such as Twitter and Instagram were developed. These means of social network contribute not only in everyday communication, but also in advertisement, entertainment, and most importantly, world news. When world news occurs, one of the first places where news gets posted is SNSs. For example, when there was a terrorist attack in 2011 Mumbai, the very first source that notified me on this event was Facebook, and then Twitter. Unfortunately, news channels came live about an hour later. Like this, SNS plays a significant role in getting the world news through.
As far as Twitter is concerned about conveying the world news through, message gets spread through re-twitting system within a short amount of time; however, the 140 word limitation makes it difficult for the message to be elaborated on. Also, attaching an image to twit post is possible; therefore message can be more comprehensible. As compared to Twitter, Instagram has no or very less word documenting functions. In other words, users of Instagram communicate solely through images. Images can convey simple messages with more impressions than which words can provide. However, sole image isn’t enough to convey accurate messages; there is a possibility of miscommunication and miscomprehension. If I was shown a picture of Mumbai terrorist attack without having knowledge about the event (image provided), I could have misunderstood and thought that there was simply fire on a building in a random place. Like this Twitter and Instagram have both pros and cons when it comes to conveying world news.