Social News


social newsIt’s social. And it’s news. Put them together, and what do you get? A whole mashup of user generated content and views. Social news is popularized by sites like DIGG, where users submit items, and other members vote that item up or down, to determine which gets to frontpage. If an item gets voted on a certain number of times, that entry is considered important, and is then sent straight to the front page. If a certain number of people say that entry is crap, then it goes straight to the trash bin (sort of).

Social news is the process of allowing users to submit, vote on, and make the news that they choose what is shown to them.

The movement was created by community sites like Slashdot and Fark. The idea of social news catapulted into popularity with Kevin Rose’s Digg, which combined and Slashdot’s features. Digg and have inspired a number of other sites including Reddit and Netscape.

More recently, the social news phenomenon has spawned a number of news aggregator sites. These collect and group articles based on growing web interest — presenting users with a reflexive news feed. Essentially, as long as people are writing about new trends, ideas and occurrences the social aggregators will feature them. – Wikipedia

Social news is lauded as democratizing news content. Still, it has its flaws. Social news can easily be gamed and manipulated for personal gain. Social news can also be non-reflective of the entire population, as it is mostly the members of the community that vote on the items. Therefore you can expect news items to be skewed towards the community’s preference.