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7/12/12

Web 2.0 tools have made sharing tastes, interests, and more than anything stories more possible than ever. Social news and networking sites are the primary vehicles for this exchange of information, with different sites geared toward different methods of distribution.

In order to disseminate information and stimulate conversation on the news, Newsvine pairs the usage of established news organizations like the Associated Press with user-generated content, allowing account holders to start their own columns for interested readers to follow. Also, users may "seed" stories from outside sources across the web to Newsvine, submitting them for viewing by the community.

Not content with being merely a crowd-sourced RSS feed for news, Newsvine also allows users to comment on each story and vote on others' comments. These comments and votes along with original content show up in users' columns, showing a history of their interaction on the site. This level of community contribution and interaction paired with reliable content from established journalists means Newsvine is truly a Web 2.0 newspaper, with other news sites lagging behind. Its biggest weakness is probably its layout which could be more intuitive and aesthetically pleasing, but is quickly navigable once figured out.

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