Web Resource Analysis: Social News

Digg

  • Access: http://www.digg.com
  • Frequency: 1 or 2 times a week
  • Information: The same articles as Google and Yahoo News. The difference is that you get information by figuring out which ones are "most dugg," therefore most popular.
  • Query: [universal music group]; [warner music group]; [riaa]
  • Evaluation: 5
  • Miscellaneous: There's simply not a lot that it offers that normal, more reliable news search sites don't cover. The main usefulness you can get from Digg is its evaluation of what "the masses" feel about a topic. The "Most Dugg" feature is useful to find that out. Be careful to look at the dates, however; there are articles that go all the way back to 2006 and beyond whose themes are completely irrelevant today.

Yahoo! Buzz

  • Access: http://www.buzz.yahoo.com
  • Frequency: 0
  • Information: Very little about the music industry.
  • Query: [universal music group] and its variants got nothing; ditto for the rest of the big four. Nothing from the [riaa] nor ["live nation"]
  • Evaluation: 2
  • Miscellaneous: Avoid it. If you absolutely feel the need to see what the everyday user feels about music industry news, use Digg. Even though I liked Yahoo! Buzz when I checked it out for other uses, I can't say I do for this topic.
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