Facebook felt like one announcement wasn’t enough for one day, and today launched Newswire, a social discovery initiative geared towards journalists.
Instead of having people access yet another app, the social network will post news updates to its FB Newswire page, and link to the updates on its Twitter profile.
From the Facebook Newsroom site:
“Powered by Storyful, the leader in social content discovery and verification for newsrooms, FB Newswire aggregates newsworthy content shared publicly on Facebook by individuals and organizations across the world for journalists to use in their reporting. This will include original photos, videos and status updates posted by people on the front lines of major events like protests, elections and sporting events.”
The social network reshares both breaking and unique stories found on Facebook, and due to the original posts being public, journalists can embed them in their articles.
There’s also a quick background written for each shared story, which is very useful when it’s just a photo or video for example.
“In Storyful, we’re excited to have found a partner with a track record of understanding both the potential of the social web as a key resource for media as well as the tools that newsrooms need to utilize it.”
Facebook is finally starting to better understand the power of real-time updates, something Twitter has excelled at from day one.