Li Evans at Search Marketing Gurus caught Digg on the slow side today. She was looking for updates on the shooting at Virginia Techâ€”but the story was nowhere to be found on Digg’s front page. (It didn’t “become popular” for another two hours after she checked.)
And who did have it when Li checked? Newsvine. Hm!
Aside from the interesting dig at Digg, which Diggers seem to consider the fastest way of transmitting news since the neighborhood grapevine, the irony of the situation struck me as it never has before. These and other “social news” sites aren’t making the news, or controlling it, or even covering it. They’re just voting and commenting on it.