Sign Of The Times: The New York Times Has More Twitter Followers Than Print Subscribers

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The New York Times has a great online brand and business, as we have pointed out repeatedly. It also has a print business that is imploding and dragging down the rest of the company.

The NYT is one of the most successful newspapers on the web, but also on Twitter, with more than 2.6 million followers, handily beating, say, the Wall Street Journal‘s paltry 482,000.

To put this into perspective, that’s more than twice as large as the New York Times’ print circulation, which is slightly under a million copies for the daily copy of the paper.

Of course, these numbers have little to do with each other — subscribing to a Twitter stream is lightweight and free, while buying a paper costs money and is a real commitment, but we think those two numbers are such a symbol of the NYT’s current, bittersweet situation:

  • Print is dying;
  • The NYT is going to have to restructure and reorient its business in a major way;
  • But the NYT is actually hugely successful online and has all the assets it needs to build a huge, lasting online brand instead of letting itself be disrupted by nimbler outfits like the Huffington Post.

Now check out the top 25 newspapers on Twitter.

(via Social Times)

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