So it ought not to surprise anyone that a new study suggests Twitter is more than a social network. It's a news service.
The Korean study gathered information on more than 41 million users. Among the things it found:
1. Twitter's functionality resembles RSS, in that certain users develop followings.
2. A high number (in this case, 85 per cent) of Tweets were news-related.
3. A certain number of Twitter users have high followings and thus serve as significant distributors.
4. Twitter regularly beats conventional news organizations in breaking news (something our newsroom notices frequently).