March 10, 2005

NEWSERS:News by Users

THE DEPENDABLY BRILLIANT KEVIN KELLY has written a guide to Consensus Web Filters @ Cool Tools .

"Like a lot of people, I find that the web is becoming my main source of news. Some of the sites I read are published by individuals, but I find the most informative sites are those published by groups of writers/editors/correspondents, including those put out by Main Street Media (MSM). However for the past three months my main source of "what's new" has been a new breed of website that collaboratively votes on the best links.

"This genre does not have an official name yet, but each of these sites supplies readers with pointers to news items that are ranked by other readers. None of these sites generates news; they only point to it by filtering the links to newsy items."

He supplies a sheaf of links to these sites.

No name for "this genre" of sites that supply News by Users? We like "Newsers." At the least it's a better name than, well, "Blog."'

Posted by Vanderleun at March 10, 2005 6:47 AM
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