The way we digest content has, in the last few years changed beyond recognition. We now have a global reach to news and content that, only a few short years ago, would have been unthinkable, this is due in no small part to the internet’s explosive growth, and with it, the quantity and quality of content now available to us.
Over the course of the last decade the internet has made great strides, and one would have to assume that over the course of the next decade it will continue to do so. A quick look over figures recorded just over ten years ago make for some very interesting reading, figures that gives us an inkling of how the internet has grown and evolved. A few quick examples, in the year 2002 the internet had 569 million users, fast forward to today and the figure is creeping close to 2.5 billion! That is a third of the world’s population.
In 2002 the internet had 3 million websites, today it has over 555 million, also the average time for a page to load in 2002 was 16 seconds, today that figure has shrunk to 6 seconds, in 2002 Friendster launched as a social networking site with a healthy 3 million users, today Facebook has an estimated 900 million users worldwide.
In 2002 the average user spent 46 minutes per day on the internet; today that number is closer to 4 hours. These figures highlight not only how the internet has evolved but also how much of an impact it has had on us, the consumer.
Traditional methods of retrieving news content
Now, if like me, you are a lover of all types of news, you will be well versed in the world of print, radio and television media and outlets. At one point I used to buy at least one newspaper per day and on some days maybe more than one, as well as this, I would regularly listen to and watch news bulletins, all with the purpose of educating and informing myself. The only drawback being that you were trusting these institutions to convey truthful and accurate analysis for you to form an opinion on the matters at hand.
Most media institutions have an ethical code in place that ensures that the information relayed to you through bulletins and broadcasts are as close to the facts as possible, not all can claim the same high moral ground though. I’m sure we can all think of examples without me spelling them out in this article!
The days of one to many news is being replaced by a one to one approach, one which is being embraced by the younger generation, who being more tech savvy than their esteemed elders, realise that the internet is a fountain of knowledge when navigated properly. This is not to say the elder community are not tech savvy, far from it, but the younger generation were near enough born with a mobile phone or some other media device close at hand and as such, are comfortable within its confines and rarely feel the need to be tied to a specific time to take in news bulletins as their parents might have in years gone past.
New media and the information revolution
Now, we have rapidly developing technology available to us that is fuelling an information revolution, this new media is usurping traditional methods and limitations of the analogue world. People are now getting their information on their phones, through tablets and PC’s, even todays TV’s are ‘smart’, carry an internet connection effectively moving in on one the traditional methods of information garnering.
The days of having to wait for a broadcast schedule are over, if you want information now, you will get it instantaneously through various portals. Internet blogs, news portals and online news, Facebook, You Tube, podcast and webcast, and even the short messaging system (SMS), are all examples of new media that can be utilized in your quest for knowledge.
How to sift through the deluge of information to find what’s relevant to you
As mentioned on these blogs before, the sheer volume of information available to us through the internet is daunting to say the least. How can we curate this content into meaningful, accurate, relevant content that we are interested in?
The answer is content curation tools such as 3D Issue’s Content Hubs. These platforms can siphon through all the information, leaving only the data you require in its wake. Simply point the software towards the news portals you require to hear from and let Content Hubs do the rest. It really is that simple, no more trawling websites, spending valuable time clicking in and out of portals to find the information you require.
Creating your own newspaper
So, what would you do if you could create your very own, unique, original newspaper? What would its content consist of? Would it be current affairs? The latest on a particular sport you are interested in? Politics? World news? What if you could have a publication tailor made to your own unique needs? That day is here and you can start right away.
The choice, quite literally is yours. You are free to make your own newspaper, containing the content YOU find relevant using publications such as 3D Issue. No more being told what news is, you can now decide what it is that really matters to you, it is now your choice to decide what it is you want to hear, see and read on a daily basis.
It’s up to you to decide what it is you’re interested in and use a news aggregator such as 3D Issue Hubs to pluck this information from cyberspace and deliver it in an organized and responsive content manner meaning you can view it on any device at a time that suits you.
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