Received an invite to the private beta of a new RSS-based service called Newsvine (though I’m in the second wave of people). I like the service!

You know what though? It’s kind of a mashup of concepts around aggregation, blogging and social promotion of articles.

Surprisingly, the service seems to have hit a unique sweet spot that combines the best of Digg (reader picks and promotion of articles based on, shall we say, popularity of reads); a news aggregator like Newsgator; and a *very* easy way to “Seed Newsvine” with anything a person reads while surfing the ‘net through a Seed Newsvine link in my Bookmarks Toolbar.

They have a *very* interesting twist: they’ve added a participatory piece to Newsvine. You can set yourself up as a “columnist” and post, seed articles, place links, and more. I can see very quickly three things:

1) There will be too many columnists
2) There will be too many articles
3) People will vote for articles en masse getting to what I’ve said previously in posts: too much content, too little time, and I don’t necessarily care what everyone else cares about.

Still, I really love how attractive it is and that it is laid out so cleanly. This makes it inviting to use and I think you’re going to hear a lot about Newsvine soon.

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Podcasting hit the mainstream in July of 2005 when Apple added podcast show support within iTunes. I'd seen this coming so started podcasting in May of 2005 and kept going until August of 2007. Unfortunately was never 'discovered' by national broadcasters, but made a delightfully large number of connections with people all over the world because of these shows. Click here to view the archive of my podcast posts.