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Sign of the Times: NYT has twice as many Twitter followers as print subscribers

Like many newspaper, the NYT has a great online brand – if only it could do something about that unwieldy print business.

THE NEW YORK Times has a great online brand and business – and 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:

(via Social Times)

Reprinted in full with the permission of Business Insider

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