Although BuzzFeed may be perceived as a website used only for procrastination, Believe it or not it does have more to it than ‘What Disney Princess are you?’ Quizzes and ’26 Things Everyone who is slightly obsessed with wine will just get’ lists.
If you can break away from the Homepage onto some of the other tabs (yes there are other tabs) such as News, Business, Food, Science, LGBT and Podcasts just to name a few. You will actually find some extremely useful and knowledgeable information.
BuzzFeed manages to combine all trending and important news under one branding ‘BuzzFeed’ but with many different outlets including a huge YouTube following, podcasts, twitter and Apps. This aspect to BuzzFeed makes it extremely easy for students to collect and learn information easily from one website.
BuzzFeed has managed to nail social sharing to become a media giant for our generation, but why is it helpful to students? BuzzFeed actually gives really good analytics, better than some news sites, and it is faster, more hard hitting and interesting to read.
Below is a screenshot of the kind of sections on BuzzFeed.
I also found a really great blog post about a university professor who set students the task of creating ‘Click Bait’ for BuzzFeed. The blogger called Scott Cowley who is also a marketing researcher and strategist poses an interesting point he says ‘The media giant now boasts more content sharing volume on Facebook than the New York Times, BBC, or Fox News.’ (check out the post by clicking the link)
He asked his students to write an article for BuzzFeed in the community CMS Section. Believe it or not but the class’s blog page received an average of 1,085 page views per article, partly skewed by some heavy hitting articles that soared past 10K views that week.
BUZZFEED IS GREAT! Check it out…and try not to get distracted… http://www.buzzfeed.com/