Recent posts (here and here) have proven that there are a lot of folks out there known as "lurkers" who check out articles and seeds but never comment or vote for them. As a relatively new user (since November) I try my best to vote and comment as much as I can even if I am not head-over-heals about the article, or if I only scan the material briefly. Talking with another user who is a personal friend of mine I have noticed that the seeds get relatively no attention on Newsvine.
Though I hate making the comparison, there are people out there who say that fellow web 2.0 news aggregation site Digg is run by a select handful of users who manage to promote what they deem "worthy" to the front page, and the other members of the community just "dig" up the articles without even reading them. I wonder if in many ways that, concerning seeds, Newsvine is the same way.
It seems that a few seeds from select media outlets manage to hit the front page, but most go unnoticed, despite their newsworthiness. Obviously this isn't technically an "issue" since Newsvine is a web 2.0 site and the users decide what is worthy and what isn't. However, most seeds go unnoticed and unappreciated.
Allow me to offer a brief case study of our own Brian Ford:
Brian is one of Newsvine's most popular veteran viners. His articles vary in subject matter and fit into several categories. With a good deal of popularity Ford has quite a few "friends" and I assume a respectable amount of people include Ford on their "watch list." It stands to reason then that Ford's column gets a lot of attention, and many will see both his articles and seeds.
Taking a look at Ford's column one trend is clear, his articles receive a substantial amount of votes and comments over his seeds. In fact, most of his seeds average about 10 or so votes and even less comments.
So if a popular viner like Ford can't manage to get much viewership of his seeds what hope is there for the rest of us?
Of course, this case study is not without flaws, thus, I cannot promote the logic as infallible, however, you get the idea.
Who waters the seeds?
I think we all realize that seeds are a less popular feature of Newsvine and it is the articles that most people are into. That being said there are a few question I am hoping some of you can answer.
- 1. Who waters the seeds? Do you? How much do you vote for seeds in comparison to articles?
- 2. Do articles generate more votes because the users want to reward writers for good work? Are seeds less "vote-able", because it took less work to get them on Newsvine? Do the original authors of seeded posts not also deserver respect for good writing (i.e. page views from incoming Newsvine seed links)?
- 3. Have I completely lost my mind and am way off the mark on this analysis?
Please, someone try to field these question. I am not trying to knock Newsvine or the seed system. Understandably this is a news aggregation web site and thus demands news to be compiled (i.e seeds). What I am trying to do is simply promote more users to vote for seeds to help spread the love a bit.