Kevin Kelly has a write-up and a good list of the various sites that use the consensus of their participants to identify and rank online information.
Kelly uses sites like this to: "get a fantastic sense of what the web is reading, and an early glimpse of what will reach the MSM in the next day or so. But most important for me is the large volume of very interesting news that will not become "news." This is the kind of material that is more interesting than random pages but which lacks an appealing hook to place it on the front page of a magazine or even a news website."
His top news stops are:
- The top stories page of Digg;
- Reddit for its balance of popular and lesser-seen items; and
- The science thread of NewsVine (the site I've been using lately).
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