Social media is becoming a false reference for the “voice of the world”

Devon Maloney, writer for The Guardian brings to our attention that we too easily believe that what’s “trending” on Twitter is what the mass population is talking about here in this article.

Maloney challenges journalists to think about who is “everyone” when seeing a hashtag and claiming that everyone is talking about it.  He believes that these hashtags and trends are blown out of proportion and most people still have no clue to many of the most talked about news on Twitter.

While I agree that literally everyone is not aware of a certain topic, I feel the “everyone” is used relatively.  If there is a hashtag about a hockey event and someone says “everyone is talking about this” it is more plausible to believe that many if not the entire hockey fan base was the referenced body of people instead of the worlds population.