Does it ever seem like a news story spreads like fire? The moment “BREAKING NEWS” is flashed across the screen, there’s 400 people on Twitter all commenting, talking heads on cable TV are immediately sharing their reactions, and the Facebook thumb gets liked so many times it gets tired? Well, this article sheds some insight into the science of modern news coverage.
The passage notes that one of the fundamental insights is why these phenomenon spread in similar ways.
Felix Biessmann at the Berlin Institute of Technology in Germany, and friends have studied the problem of trend setting among news sites. The question they attempt to answer is which websites lead the news coverage and which ones merely follow.
See how the process of selecting trend setters raises as many questions as it answers, here.