Before Twitter and micro-blogging, we waited for mass media to post breaking news and then waited for the masses to Digg it up to see what caught the public fancy. With micro-blogging applications like Twitter reporting from all corners of the world in breaking news sound bytes, the speed of media hastens.
The newest online paradigm is to be the “breaking news” source. Those sites that can position themselves as breaking news sources within verticals – markets (CNBC), celebrity, real estate, etc. – are rewarded with loyal traffic. Soon, sites will be able to incorporate breaking news feeds to attract a constituency. Twitter has proved sound bites can make for compelling watching (see Election.Twitter.com).
Popacular lists the top Delicious bookmarks over the last hour or day
Tweetburner lists the top URLs being Twittered. Also tracks how many clickthroughs your Twitter links are getting.
Alltop has compiled a list of web/blog sites that provide interesting breaking news at Goodtweet.Alltop.com