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interesting social media sitesThe Web is absolutely packed with content. If you started clicking around now, following blind links as they entered your field of vision, you’d never see everything the Web had to offer. According to WorldWideWebSize, there are at least 4.75 billion pages on the Web at the time of writing, and there are more being added every day.

The problem is a huge swathe of the content is crap. It’s pointless piffle that no one other than its creator cares about. Then there is the niche content, which caters to just a small selection of people. Sorting the wheat from the chaff is a monumental undertaking, which is why we have Google, Bing, and Google plus Bing 4 Search Engines That Combine Google & Bing 4 Search Engines That Combine Google & Bing The Google search engine is a fantastic resource for those of us who spend half our lives online, hence its inclusion in the list of the 7 wonders of the Web, but it isn't the... Read More .

Unfortunately, search engines only help if you know what it is you’re looking for. But what if you don’t? Social networking sites The Positive Impact Of Social Networking Sites On Society [Opinion] The Positive Impact Of Social Networking Sites On Society [Opinion] Social networking isn't for everyone, but it's now such a massive part of all our lives, whether we embrace or reject the notion, that it can no longer be ignored. But are social networking sites... Read More are a good source of interesting content, with friends passing on links to articles and news stories they think others will enjoy. And then there are social media sites, which are curated either by editors or a community of voters.

What follows are six interesting social media sites full of fascinating stories and intriguing articles. If you have to start your journey of link-link-link then you may as well start on one of these websites.

Digg

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Digg was once the premier social media site, with a huge community voting up stories to the front page. And then along came Reddit, and Digg started its long descent into obscurity. Thankfully the property was bought up and transformed into something slightly different, with the new Digg Discover The Best Of The Web With The New Digg v1 Discover The Best Of The Web With The New Digg v1 Digg was such a huge hit that content creators actively tried to get their material linked to on the site in order to experience the huge increase in traffic, known as the Digg effect, that... Read More providing a daily selection of quality content pulled from the wider Web.

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You can still Digg stories you think deserve voting up the charts, but it’s a much more subtle affair than it once was. The result is a streamlined, minimalist website that presents content in an easily digestible format. Stories can also be read in full from their source, and saved or shared for future reference.

Upworthy

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Upworthy gives its mission statement away in its name, presenting curated content its team finds worthy of upvotes. News stories are selected for their must-see quality, with a particular onus placed on pushing meaningful content of substance that will add to your life and/or knowledge base.

This puts Upworthy at odds with some of the other sites on this list, but they all deserve their place. The content on Upworthy is liberal-leaning, with the audience described as “The Daily Show generation.” Those who prefer right-leaning political commentators 10 Opinionated Political Commentators To Follow On Twitter During 2012 U.S. Presidential Election 10 Opinionated Political Commentators To Follow On Twitter During 2012 U.S. Presidential Election It's hard to believe that it's been almost four years since Barack Obama entered the White House. The next U.S. election, to be held this November, will see President Obama going up against his opponent,... Read More should perhaps steer clear.

Mental Floss

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Most of the content on Mental Floss is original rather than pulled from other sites across the Web. However, the range of content on offer is huge, with science and history butting up to popular culture. There are also endless lists, videos, and random facts spread across the homepage.

Websites cannot exist in a bubble, and Mental Floss is no exception. Add in link-roundups and links to external content spread across the various sections, and you have the perfect starting point for those eager to expand their knowledge Which Websites Help You Answer General Knowledge Questions? [You Tell Us] Which Websites Help You Answer General Knowledge Questions? [You Tell Us] General knowledge is an important part of everyone's education, and it isn't something that you stop learning when you leave school. It's a lifelong lesson into the people, places, and things that have got us... Read More and find interesting reading matter.

Buzzfeed

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Buzzfeed won’t be a popular choice for some, as its content tends to be very light and airy. In other words you’re unlikely to learn anything you need to learn 7 Ways To Learn Something New Every Day With Wikipedia 7 Ways To Learn Something New Every Day With Wikipedia Wikipedia is packed full of content. At the time of writing there are over 4 million articles contained within the English language version, with more being added all the time. All of these pages are... Read More , though you’ll discover things you didn’t previously know. This is its strength though, as it offers a lighthearted alternative to the often depressing news happening in the world.

With sections ranging from politics to sport, from celebrity to fashion, there’s likely to be something for everyone on Buzzfeed. A ‘Hot On The Web‘ sidebar provides external links to other great content, making this another great site to start your adventure across the blogosphere and beyond.

Fark

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Fark is a news aggregator that has been online in its current form (pretty much exactly) since 1999 when its founder decided he wanted to do something more with the domain than create yet another vanity site. The result is a Reddit-like property that presents the best content from around the Web.

Thousands of submissions are received every day, with the sizable readership hand-picking the best to place on the homepage. There’s a trend towards weird and/or funny news stories, which makes the headlines on Fark very different to those you’d find on websites covering serious news 5 Great Multi-Source News Websites 5 Great Multi-Source News Websites Read More .

MetaFilter

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MetaFilter classes itself as a weblog, a word that has, in more recent years, become simply “blog.” This shows how long the site has been around, as it’s another, like Fark, that pre-dates the first dot-com bubble Whatever Happened To…? Following Up On Major Websites From The Dotcom Boom Whatever Happened To…? Following Up On Major Websites From The Dotcom Boom Many of you remember the Dotcom Boom that happened in the late nineties. All it took to make your stock go up was a ".com" or an "e-" attached to your company's name. Of course,... Read More . Since 1999 people have been submitting interesting news stories, and they are still doing exactly that.

Short pieces are created and posted based on news stories, with links to various sources added for context. Others are invited to weigh in with their views on the subject in comment threads often lengthy and controversial in nature. MetaFilter is an interesting alternative to Reddit for those who need a break from the latter.

Conclusions

If you bookmark and visit these interesting social media sites every day, or add their feeds to one of these Google Reader-like RSS readers Google Reader's End Is Nigh: Prepare With These Alternative RSS Readers Google Reader's End Is Nigh: Prepare With These Alternative RSS Readers Google Reader is dead. By July the Internet's premier RSS service is shutting down forever, leaving users to find a replacement on their own. If you're looking for an equivalent to Google these are just... Read More , then you should never again be short of something interesting to read online. You’ll also be the one providing the interesting content on social networking sites, proffering stories your friends can digest as they please.

What do you think of the curated Web? Is it a good idea to condense the incredible volume of content available online into a more manageable set of stories? Do you love or hate any of the social media sites mentioned in this list? Do you know of any others that deserve a mention? Please let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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  1. Max
    June 12, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    These sites are all full of static content curated by the staff of the site. Not really very favorable if you DO have things like Reddit, Twitter, etc.

    If you want to escape the boundaries of what friends share, follow some more interesting people too. Or in the case of reddit, you'll find stuff that's actually GOOD, because it's curated by the users, not the staff.

    • Dave Parrack
      June 12, 2013 at 9:13 pm

      I use these sites as well as Reddit and Twitter. The point of this article was to point to the best sites which promote editor-curated content. That doesn't mean you shouldn't also use other user-curated websites.

      • Max
        June 12, 2013 at 9:25 pm

        I'm just saying it seems like in the context of the article, these are sites for generalized content, when they are actually pretty low quality/can end up being biased. Are these supposed to be treated as news sources, discovery engines, or some people sitting in cubicles self curating some links for their job?

        I dunno, you asked us what we thought of the curated web, I gave a negative answer because of these specific sites.

        • Dave Parrack
          June 12, 2013 at 9:38 pm

          The clue is in the title: Interesting Content. If you don't find the content interesting then don't bookmark or ever visit them again. Simple.

          Thanks for sharing your opinion.

  2. dragonmouth
    June 12, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    One man's treasure is another man's junk.

  3. Chris
    June 12, 2013 at 1:14 am

    Upworthy.

    The screenshot's lead story: "WOW", "Epic" "smackdown".

    Your description includes: "a particular onus placed on pushing meaningful content of substance that will add to your life and/or knowledge base."

    And Fark presents stories from British tabloids such as The Sun and The Daily Mail who are known to lie

    MakeUseOf is normally better than this.

    • Dave Parrack
      June 12, 2013 at 9:09 pm

      Are "Wow," "Epic," and "Smackdown" bad words then? Just because you're not interested in the content on one or two of these sites doesn't mean no one is.

      MakeUseOf commenters are normally better than this.

      • Max
        June 12, 2013 at 9:32 pm

        "Do you love or hate any of the social media sites mentioned in this list?"

        You asked us for our opinion, and so Chris delivered!

        • Dave Parrack
          June 12, 2013 at 9:36 pm

          Chris is entitled to his opinion, but the line at the end clearly warranted a response. Which he got.

      • Chris
        June 13, 2013 at 12:50 am

        > Are “Wow,” “Epic,” and “Smackdown” bad words then

        They're "modern teenager slang". For those of us who still believe in using words for their true meanings rather than dramatising everything, it's drivel. A well respected site such as MakeUseOf promoting a site that uses such language is bad in my opinion.

        "Epic smackdown" to describe someone telling someone else off? Hyperbole!

        • Dave Parrack
          June 24, 2013 at 7:01 pm

          Wow, that comment constitutes an epic smackdown!

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