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I know a smart fella who's a great case study in the way people consume news digitally these days.

This guy I know is a business professional in his 40s. He doesn't read the newspaper every day. He doesn't have a home page for news on his Internet browser.

He's not even interested in participating in social media. He's the kind of guy who has Facebook and Twitter accounts, but never posts or interacts with other posts.

But he is a social media consumer - a Twitter consumer to be precise. And that's how he says he stays informed. He uses his Twitter account to follow the news sources, reporters and experts he's interested in. They share links. He clicks and reads. It's efficient for him.

This isn't a method I fully endorse. I don't think it's the best way to stay connected to your entire community. It's too easy to see only the small window of topics you choose to follow and to lose touch with other important topics that offer greater views of the community and world.

But I get it. Everybody has their own ways to stay updated. Some rely on social media. Some rely on a daily newspaper. Some use mobile news applications and websites.

The most informed use all three. They read the local newspaper daily, then use social media and updated news websites and apps to discuss and share, staying connected and engaged.

When my friend told me about his method to stay informed, I asked if he followed @NewsOK and @NewsOKSports. Then I listed off a bunch of The Oklahoman's reporters who actively post their stories, engage with their audience and seek story tips on Twitter.

He got a B on that quiz. He follows a lot of our brands and reporters. That's good.

So while my pal, an educated businessman, doesn't use the Alan Herzberger-recommended method to stay informed, he is at least taking advantage of a service we provide as a local news source.

I'll just have to remind him every so often about all the information he's missing by not supplementing his Twitter feed with a NewsOK home page and a daily delivery of The Oklahoman.

Alan Herzberger

Alan Herzberger is the Vice President of Audience Development at The Oklahoman Media Company. He focuses on digital strategies for The Oklahoman and for NewsOK.com. He’s been with The Oklahoman since 1997, when he joined the sports department.... Read more ›

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