Well, I looked at the Mixx home page and did the tour. It seemed fairly simple to use. And a friend had told me about Digg, so I had a passing familiarity with it. I looked in the Lifestyles section. There was not anything particularly interesting in the first two pages; however, they do have a really good FAQ, and I am impressed by the fact that they have meetups. I had never heard of Newsvine before. It seems to do what it purports to do, and I love the one page tour. Reddit seemed to have some interesting offbeat stuff. And it had a pictures tab and a funny tab. But the FAQ used an obscenely small font. What’s that about?
Am I likely to use any of these sites/tools personally? Nope. There are not enough hours in the day to do what I want to do and there are not enough years in my life to read everything I want to read already. I get enough news on the front page of Yahoo!, and if the world really starts to implode, I will probably overhear someone talking about it and then I can investigate it further if I so desire. Furthermore, I’m not really sure why I would use them in my library. The popularity of news items is fleeting and I would be more likely to use an actual newspaper or an actual newsite to retrieve that type of information for a patron.
These seem like a huge timewaster. I read one of the stories on one of the sites. Frankly, I think people should go outdoors and meet other people and make their own news.