The increasing popularity of sites that let users submit, save and vote for Web pages they find online means that journalists have great new tools at their fingertips for finding story ideas.
Sites like Digg.com, del.icio.us and YouTube.com should be regular stops for all journalists. But there are now dozens of these sites, so tracking all of them can be time-consuming (unless you use RSS — see this tip on RSS for Journalists).
A great site to help you track all of these easily is popurls.com.
The site lists the top stories and Web pages that have been highlighted by users on a range of social bookmarking and citizen media sites, including:
- YouTube.com (most popular videos)
- flickr.com (most popular photos)
- Most E-mailed from Yahoo! News
It also includes top headlines from a number of other sites, including:
YOUR TURN: What Sites Do You Recommend?
Please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org, and I may run your suggestions.