Report: Facebook Dominates Social Sharing Of Major Events, But Twitter & Reddit React Quicker

Facebook is for ice bucket challenges. Twitter is for Ferguson, Mo. That’s been the conventional wisdom in the past few months; that conversation about breaking news is happening mostly on Twitter, while people are using Facebook to share less timely — some would say less newsworthy — topics.

The evidence for this conclusion has been anecdotal, which is almost always the case when you are comparing results produced by Facebook’s opaque News Feed algorithm to anything. So any time there’s a chance to dig into data that sheds light on public social sharing activity, it’s wise to seize it.

The quarterly report of consumer sharing behavior published this week by social data and sharing tool provider ShareThis offers such an opportunity. And while the data, drawn from the 450 million unique users and 2.5 million sites and apps in the ShareThis network, doesn’t directly address the ice-bucket-vs.-Ferguson question, it does provide some interesting marketing takeaways….



Kenneth Carnesi holds a Juris Doctor degree from New York Law School and a Professional Certificate in International Banking from Harvard Law School. Kenneth Carnesi is the Director of Operations and Government Sales at Anaptyx LLC and sits on the Boards of The Lazarus Organization, Monkeetech LLC and MG Madison Phillips, Inc. Mr. Carnesi has also founded CICG - Carnesi International Consulting Group, a company specializing in strategy consulting to small to mid-size businesses.

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