I am taking a mass media college course and just saw a video about Newsvine. I think the original idea of developing a news platform where mainstream media and personal publishing co-mingle is idealist. There is nothing wrong with that but sometimes reality is different from the original concept. The news video was produced just four months after MSNBC purchased Newsvine.
The video introduces the small staff of Newsvine, so I got to see Mark Budos, Lance, Emily, Tom and Josh. Most of the staff are software technicians.
I wonder if the same story distribution has remained the same since the time of this video where 1/3 of the stories came from the wire, 1/3 were articles published by individuals and 1/3 were seeded articles?
I joined NV in late 2010. While I was at first slow to interact on Newsvine, due to a learning curve and perception curve, I bought into the original concept of seeding articles of interest, commenting on seeds and articles and publishing my own articles. But, I originally came to Newsvine for news and expert information and sadly, I find myself more on other sites that I feel provide more news and expert information, and less uninformed opinion.
I think that one tenet of Newsvine's original concept that users would filter the news i.e. build the quality of the content has not succeeded.