Looks like Newsvine's users beat Digg's users in promoting the tragic mass shooting at Virginia Tech to the front page. It was just about 1 p.m., and I was just finishing up lunch when I decided to take a gander at how the social news sites were handling this story. I decided this was probably pretty popular since MSNBC's servers were taxed and when you could get through they reported no press were allowed into the campus.
To my surprise it was Newsvine that had the story already as the most active out on their front page. Digg, for all its fame around "fast" news, didn't have it on the first two pages. Netscape & Reddit were both minus the story as well at the time of this posting either. Below is some screen captures.
Social news is fast - but it isn't always Digg that's the fastest!
update/clarification: this post was only meant to show the comparison among the social news sites, not social news as a substitute for main stream media, that would just be plain silly. Also, as noted by Vicki (which I should have pointed out more clearly) it was actually Killfile's story that made it to the front page first, it's just that the AP story was more prominent. Killfile's story about the VT incident is right below the AP Story with the picture.