There have been similar sites/concepts, but these were based on older technologies, usually cell phones using MMS, which could never provide the comprehensive services now provided by new technology Internet news sites.
cell phone technology
While cellphones have been successful in delivering news and pictures, such as the tsunami in Thailand, mobile phone networks are often unable to handle the traffic during such events. The internet is full of people trying to call friends or relatives to see if they are safe.
Around the time of the London bombings, the mobile phone network was overwhelmed and people kept pressing the redial button to make matters worse.
A telephone network expects a certain amount of traffic based on the number of people subscribing to that network; the Internet works differently so it doesn’t stop functioning effectively during periods of increased communication.
The speed at which breaking news travels on the Internet is unmatched as users/journalists can send news in just a few minutes in 3 easy steps:-
1. Click to write report news
2. Add videos, photos and tags
3. Log in or register to submit
UK internet news sites usually report on:-
- London and South West
- Northern Ireland
- European and world coverage.
There may be other tabs for travel news, entertainment, sports, business, politics, technology. New websites using content management systems like Drupal (used by the White House) can easily handle large amounts of information.
News from any country in the world can be placed on the website as conveniently and quickly as regional news, and users can read the news they are interested in with just one click of a button.
This is in contrast to the 24-hour news on television, where viewers must watch news that may not be relevant to them while they wait for news that interests them. If they watch the same 24-hour news channel 30 minutes later, they may notice that some news is looping and they have to watch the same story again, even if they weren’t interested in it the first time.
24 Hour News, Ipads and Mobile Internet Devices
Thanks to the increasing use of mobile Internet devices, the Internet is now the best medium for delivering 24-hour news. Examples include Ipads, tablets, laptops and the latest generation of mobile phones with fast and efficient internet access.
Today’s young professionals are increasingly using Internet news sites at home and at work. They can quickly zoom in on a news, business or travel item, then move on to the next item in their busy schedule.
As large numbers of consumers buy and use mobile phones as a supplement to landlines or as a replacement for landline lines, it affects the way we communicate.It is expected that more successful individuals will use 24-hour Internet as a large number of consumers purchase and use mobile Internet devices as a supplement or replacement for “fixed network” (broadband or work/university network) breaking news internet site.