Twitter Social News Mashups that Kick Social News Ass


Wisdom of crowds has proven very useful in organizing the information overflow of the Web. Sadly though the first wave of social news sites like Reddit are broken.

There is a social site that has ongoing success though that has changed the face of social news, Twitter.

How that, isn’t Twitter just social networking and one to a few communications?

Well, yes, but that’s not the whole truth. Third party sites have sprung up that analyze Twitter wisdom of crowds to organize and highlight the most important news and trends on the Web.

Some of these social news mashups, interfaces or tools have already disappeared again but a few of them grow while others, new ones appear. My favorite is the “Twitter newspaper” Tweeted Times that collects links tweeted by your friends and their friends.

What are the Twitter social news mashups that social news ass?

Tweeted Times
The Tweeted Times is the best social news mashup I’ve seen so far. It not only finds the most popular stories or links it also personalizes them.
You can view the stories linked by people a particular user follows. Just check mine to understand that.
Also you can check out the most linked stories from renowned sources like the NYT or widely known groups of people from certain areas of expertise. I read my Tweeted Times almost daily.

Topsy is the best at collecting and displaying Twitter links. It’s more a Twitter search engine but it has an excellent “trending” section in several languages.
The German one works perfectly. I use Topsy almost daily as well both as a Twitter search alternative and as a social news interface. You can search for the most popular links or tweets for a given query. The screen shot above shows the most tweeted SEO links last month.

These sites are at the forefront of the Twitter social news trend. In contrast highly biased social news sites where marauding troll groups censor topics that don’t fit their world view lose ground.

Twitter is the number one place for social news by now.

You just have to know how to find the most popular news there. These tools are more than enough to achieve that.

Last updated January 29, 2013. First published: January 19, 2009.