Newsvine is a community-powered news website which draws original content from its users and syndicated content from mainstream sources such as The Associated Press. Users can write articles, seed links to external content, and discuss news items submitted by both users and professional journalists.

Newsvine, the company, is not a news bureau and exercises no editorial voice, but acts as a social news platform for the community which has grown around it. Members decide with their actions what news makes it onto the site and what news is removed, and the Newsvine staff works to keep the platform operating and evolving.

Newsvine was named the Top News Site of 2006 and one of the 50 Best Websites of 2007 by Time magazine.

* 1 History
* 2 Features
o 2.1 Seeding
o 2.2 Articles
o 2.3 Voting
o 2.4 Commenting
o 2.5 User Columns
o 2.6 Earnings
o 2.7 Watchlist
o 2.8 Conversation Tracker
o 2.9 Friends List
o 2.10 Vineacity
* 3 External links

[edit] History

Seattle-based "Newsvine, Inc." was founded in the spring of 2005 by Mike Davidson, Calvin Tang, Lance Anderson and Mark Budos. Josh Yockey joined the company a few months later, with Tom Laramee following in spring 2006. The development team consists of several veterans from the Walt Disney Internet Group and ESPN.

The company moved into its offices near Downtown Seattle on August 1, 2005 and launched into private alpha on December 1, 2005. On January 5, 2005, the site went into private beta, and then launched to the public on March 1, 2006.

On October 7, 2007, Newsvine announced its acquisition by the news website, effective October 5, 2007. Since the acquisition, Newsvine has continued to run as a separate website and brand from, operating out of its original headquarters in Seattle.

[edit] Features
A seed that has been voted for by the user.
A seed that has been voted for by the user.

[edit] Seeding

Newsvine allows users to "seed," or post links for others to view. Seeds usually contain a short description or direct quotation from the linked article. With the "Newsvine Button," users can select "Seed Newsvine" from their bookmarks and a seeding dialog will appear. Seeds allow for all of the same options as articles except the ability to insert photographs and/or polls.
An article with a captioned photograph.
An article with a captioned photograph.

[edit] Articles

One of the most defining features of Newsvine is the ability for users to write their own articles. Commonly known as citizen journalism, this allows for users to express their opinions for public discussion or even report in a journalistic manner. The most popular articles for top tags appear in the "Featured Writers" section, where article writers can receive extra publicity.

While writing articles, users are also given the ability to upload their own photographs or choose from a list of Flickr photos registered under a Creative Commons license for addition to the post. Captions can be written as well to clarify the meaning of the photograph.

[edit] Voting

Another common feature among social bookmarking websites is the ability to vote for content. Users who enjoy reading an article/seed or agree with its content are encouraged to vote for the content. Articles and seeds with the most votes appear in the "Top Wire," "Top Seeds," or "Top of the Vine" sections of the site.

Newsvine also allows for users to vote for comments that they enjoyed reading. This aspect of commenting encourages better content and friendly discussions. When a comment receives at least five votes, a green star is placed in the upper right-hand corner, signifying that many users enjoyed or agreed with the comment. Clicking the star will lead viewers to the next highly rated comment.

Negative votes are also registered, and a comment that receives too many negative votes will often be collapsed, so that it can only be viewed by deliberately opening it. This limits discussion under that comment, since new comments under it will not be seen automatically.
A highly voted comment with threaded replies.
A highly voted comment with threaded replies.

[edit] Commenting

The ability to comment on seeds and articles allows for extra discussions regarding the content to take place. While debates are welcome, useless, insulting, and self-promoting comments are not. If a comment receives enough reports, that comment will be collapsed and its contents can only be shown by choosing to expand it. The Newsvine comment system also allows for semi-threaded comments, easing the confusion of comment direction. While users do not yet have the ability to edit or delete their own comments, writers are allowed to delete comments on their own content. Unregistered users are also allowed to have their say, but comments by unregistered users are not made public until that user creates a registered account.
Customizable user column.
Customizable user column.

[edit] User Columns

Newsvine user columns give users the ability to manage and share their articles, seeds, friends, recommendations, and other statistical information. Every user has one, and each is given their own subdomain to access it (<user> User columns are customizable: aspects of the layouts can be moved or hidden, a user photo and biography can be added, a header (such as a welcome message) can be added, friends can be invited to Newsvine or added to your friends list, recommendations (such as favorite books, bands, blogs, etc.) can be shown, and comments and feedback from other users can be managed. Also, through user columns, members have the ability to add others to their watchlist and friend list or to send another a chat invitation.

[edit] Earnings

Newsvine tells users that they will receive 90% of ad revenue from ads on their personal Newsvine pages. These earnings are "based on traffic to your articles and seeds," but it is unclear exactly how Newsvine calculate earnings. The remaining 10% go to whoever referred the user to Newsvine, or for site maintenance if there was no referrer. Newsvine does not publish the amount of revenue that has so far gone to users.

[edit] Watchlist

If a user finds a particular writer or tag that he/she enjoys to read content from, it can be added to the Watchlist. Watchlists are lists of members and tags that a user can compile to easily find interesting news. Items on a user's watchlist appear on the left column and, if there is content that the user has not read by a watchlisted author or tag, a number will appear next to the item name signifying how many articles or seeds have not been read.

[edit] Conversation Tracker

Much like the Watchlist, the Conversation Tracker allows users to track other members. However, the Conversation Tracker is a notifier of new comments. There are three sections to the Conversation Tracker: new comments from a user's Newsvine column, new comments from articles that a user has commented on, and new comments from an article a user's friend has commented on. If a user has added members to the friend list that share a common interest in content, the Conversation Tracker can act as a list of recommended articles.
List of friends and ability to see who's online
List of friends and ability to see who's online

[edit] Friends List

The Friends List gives users the ability to meet new people and find others with common interests, but there are no requirements in doing so. Creating a populated friends list gives users the ability to find interesting new articles through the Conversation Tracker. Once a user adds a friend to the list, the added friend receives a notification and is given the ability to accept or decline the offer.

[edit] Vineacity

Vineacity is a measure of six different elements that contribute to a Newsvine user's overall rating as a positive influence to the Newsvine community. Earned as 'branches' on a Newsvine logo icon displayed next to the user's name, the six areas of excellence include:

* Courtesy - Earned when a user's positive feedback outweighs any abuse reports they may have received.
* Longevity - Earned when the users has been active for at least two months after registering.
* Fruitfulness - Earned when the user has submitted a substantial amount of content or comments that have received votes.
* Connectedness - Earned when the user appears on a substantial number of watchlists and/or friendlists.
* Random Act of Vineness - Earned for an exceptional moment of greatness on Newsvine.
* Lifetime achievement - Earned when a user has received a combined number of votes on all articles, links and comments around Newsvine.

[edit] External links

* Newsvine
* Newsvine Code of Honor
* Inside the Net Episode 8
* Mike Davidson (Co-founder, CEO)
* Calvin Tang (Co-founder, COO)
* Interviews Calvin Tang

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