Social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Google+ (haha, okay maybe not Google+), Pinterest and YouTube have become influential staples in most people’s daily lives. Obviously. You probably have a Facebook tab up on your browser right now.
However, quantifying just how influential social media really is seems to be a topic in which researchers are just now skimming the surface.
The Hangout feature in Google Plus is taking journalism to a whole new interactive realm, putting “U” in the news.
“A Hangout is essentially a free satellite truck attached to a crowd sourcing tool within the Google Plus social network,” said Sarah Hill, interactive news anchor for KOMU-TV.