The popularity of social news sites has grown over the years. People are now using these sites more than ever to learn about what’s going on in the world.
Social news sites are similar to regular news sites in that they provide the news. The only difference is that the news is provided by users, and users get to vote on the stories to determine which news items are ranked highest on the site. Those stories that have the most results tend to be listed in the top ten.
If you’re not familiar with social news, this may be a whole new concept for your to grasp, but there are actually quite a few social news sites out there, so you may not know which ones to use. But have no fear, as the following are five of the best social news sites.
Digg is one of the more popular social news sites. On Digg, members can share news about almost any topic—from celebrity gossip all the way to politics. Users can then peruse the news being shared, and when the come across something that interests them, they can “digg” it. The more “diggs” a news story receives, the higher it ranks on the site.
Reddit is another popular social news site. It works similarly to Digg. Users share content on a variety of news topics. They also have the ability to create their own community (called subreddits). Information on Reddit can be actual news, or it can be something interesting that a user felt like sharing. Users get to vote on the best content on the site, and those that get the most votes will appear at the top of the site. Plus, users have the ability to comment on the news shared by others.
Delicious is a social news site that allows you to bookmark interesting websites and share the information with your friends. You can save anything—web links, pictures, blogs, videos, and even tweets. The bookmarks that receive the highest number of votes are then placed on the home page for all to see.
Interested in saving the planet and everything else eco-conscious? Now you can share your love of green with others. Grow News allows users to share information on eco-friendly related topics. Like the other social news sites, Grow News features the most popular stories on their home page, and these stories are determined by the number of votes they receive.
Newsvine is a compilation of popular stories from around the world. The news on this site is generated by the users, and the most popular stories are pushed to the top of the site. Any time you read an interesting news story on the web, you can share it with other people through Newsvine, or you can write your own news stories and share them on the site too.
Staying up to date on the news in the world is important, but if you don’t have time to read the newspaper, make sure to check out the happenings on one (or all) of these social news sites. It’s a great way to stay current on popular events while also having a say as to which content is shared.