As you may have noticed, a new perameter option has appeared for seeding links. We now have the option of choosing whether the link is "News Event", "News Opinion" or "Other" (you know, for those "you gotta check this out, but it ain't news" type links). Like Tom said in the Washington Mutual spot, Newsvine "nailed it."
At the risk of furthering the argument that Newsvine is tech-slanted, I can't help making similarities between Apple Computers' design approach and the Newsvine strategy. So far every implementation of new features has been successfully simple and easy to use. This one is near perfect, I think.
One would argue, as I have, that all news is opinonated (because it's written by humans), and so labelling a seed link as opinion or not is futile. After all, if news were objective, the need for competition amoung news sources wouldn't exist.
The new options presented when seeding a link, however, are specific enough, and accomplish the goal of separating (categorizing) the most general of news stories. For instance:
- A blog article will most often be labeled as News Opinion
- A breaking news story from CNN.com would be a News Event
- A press release from Adobe Systems would also be a News Event
- An editorial from Wired.com about the Adobe Systems press release would be News Opinion
- Mike D.'s seed to Shaun Inman's discussion about the piracy Mint would be considered News Opinion, while his link to the MarketWatch article about Monday Night Football is a News Event
Make sense? Of course it does. That's why it'll work.
I dare anyone to seed a link not easily be able to label it. Should such instance occur, they've got the "Other" option to fall back on. And, as stated, that's for the seeds that don't really belong on Newsvine, but still deserve a look. (Poke.) ;)