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Twitter reacts to the Washington Post selling

Insightful, funny or just surprised: check out some of the reactions on Twitter

August 5, 2013

Well, no question the newspaper landscape is changing, After the Boston Globe’s deal last week, the news that Amazon’s founder and CEO Jeff Bezos bought the Washington Post for US$250 millions stunned pretty much everyone. Many of those reactions will soon become full-scale analysis, trying to figure out what was Bezos thinking when he close the deal with the Graham family, what does this means to the industry, and so on – here’s one of the firsts, by Quartz.

Word cloud of the announcement on the Washington Post's website
(Word cloud of the announcement on the Washington Post’s website)


However, the first reactions to such a news are usually equally interesting, insightful and even humorous – and that’s Twitter’s domain, the real-time web (I’ve just noted the Huffington Post also has a similar selection)

I picked over a few of those reactions because I do believe that this is a very significant move, the first time a newspaper becomes a sort of ‘commodity’ of the Internet billionaires. Is it good? Not necessarily, but if Bezos, who has had a longtime friendship with the Graham family and is arguably one of the best CEOs in the world, keeps the focus on what he does best and stays out of editorial issues, then perhaps this is the first step of a new trend. One that could actually cut some slack to a dying industry which has been a slave to the advertising industry for decades.

Anyway, like I said, this is something a lot of folks will be writing about in the near future, so without further ado, I leave you with some of my favorite Twitter reactions to the deal.



And what was your reaction?

Written by Tiago Veloso

Tiago Veloso is the founder and editor of Visualoop and Visualoop Brasil . He is Portuguese, currently based in Bonito, Brazil.