Where's the Green Digg?

The other week, I looked at Digg's offering of environmental stories and found the site seriously lacking in seriousness. While thousands participate in picking and ranking green stories, Diggers seem more interested in neat-o pictures than actual news. (And judging by today's most popular item, things don't seem to have improved much since then.) Surely, in this Web 2.0 world of ours, there must be some democratic, user-selected source for eco-news that matters. Power to the people, the rise of the amateur, and all that good stuff.

It turns out there are some better options than Digg; there's just no best option yet.

Hugg.com, a social bookmarking site run by Treehugger, seemed like a good place to start looking: Plenty includes a button to send stories there, and Hugg's tagline claims "It's Digg for Green." Overall, the site delivers on its promise, offering a good mix of serious environmental reporting, lifestyle features, service journalism, and of course, the mandatory random links. Hugg's readership is obviously more environmentally engaged than Digg's, which leads to a better collection of stories, but also limits the number of users who are participating (stories can make the front page with as little as six or seven "huggs").

In the science section of Newsvine, a more general bookmarking site, it takes even less to get a submission onto the front page: Many made it up without any other reader seconding the post, which kind of defeats the purpose of crowd-sourcing sites like Digg. Despite the low bar for success, Newsvine readers showed good news judgment, choosing more informative, newsworthy stories than their counterparts. Although the section features a lot of eco-reporting, it's not solely devoted to the environment, so you'll have to skip through the occasional physics or astronomy offering if that's not what you're into.

Overall, the selection of green bookmarking sites seems pretty limited, but maybe I've just been going about this whole search in too much of an old media, Web 1.0 way. Really, when it comes to finding user-submitted, eco-news sources, who better to ask than green media consumers themselves? So lend a hand (and an opinion) if you can. Anyone know of some better options out there?

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StumbleUpon has the best green links on the web. You can subscribe to all sorts of Environment tags and get solid green content served up at the touch of the Stumble! button.

Here are some links to get you started:

(shameless self promotion there- that's my profile but in all fairness I have a crapload of green links)

(Michael from Groovy Green and Ecorazzi, one of the leading Green Stumblers)

(The Environment tag page)

(Environment Stumble Group)

There are all sorts of green tangents you can spin off on with Stumble. Feel free to drop me an email if you have any questions.

Stumble on!


Sk-rt.com is a social bookmarking site aimed at women, but many a good green link can be found there, either on the home page or on their (worldwise category) section. Worth a look.

I will say that so far, with the choices available, my favorite eco-bookmarking site is Hugg.

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