The Top Social News Sites to Check Out

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Social news sites pop up all the time. Some of them die out after a brief stay, others flutter along for a while and a few prosper. In many ways, it is a catch 22. A social news site doesn't become useful until it gains a solid community adding and voting on links, but it's difficult to build a large and loyal community if the site is not useful.

The most popular social news sites today are mobile-friendly (with many that have their own apps) and designed to cater to the newsie who wants a personalized news experience. They each have a strong community and a different look and feel. Reddit probably leads the way as the most popular social news site, but that doesn't mean it's the best social news site for you.

The best way to pick a social news site is to find one that matches your interests and has a look and feel that you are comfortable using. Each of the sites mentioned in this article are general social news sites, which means they cover a large variety of topics. But if you dig around enough, some social news sites may specialize more in certain categories while being light in others.

Reddit is a social news site with a very smart and helpful community of users. It is plain bordering on downright ugly, but it is very easy to use and a source for some of the best information you'll find.

Digg is a popular social news site that covers a variety of topics and acts as an RSS reader. It has an easy-to-use interface and new users can be up and running in no time.

Newsvine is a social news site that thrives on articles submitted (or "seeded") by its users, similar to Reddit. Users are encouraged to discuss topics by leaving comments.

Voat is like a Reddit clone, right down to the design of it. Browse categories using the menu above, submit your own links and participate in the voting to contribute to the community.

Quora is really a question and answer site rather than a news site, but that doesn't mean you can't find newsworthy questions and answers there. The Quora community is ridiculously smart and more than happy to help answer some of the most pressing questions.

Hacker News is for those who work and play in technology. The best stories that have been voted up to acquire the most points will appear at the top and users can leave comments to discuss them.

Product Hunt is a social news site for the newest cool products and services in technology, gaming, books, and podcasts. Creators use the site to get the word out about their new thing and frequent visitors get first dibs in discovering it.

StumbleUpon has been around for a long time, and it's still a great way to discover news stories. Like flipping channels on a TV, you get to stumble through web pages submitted by the community in various categories.

Flipboard is a social news magazine. Designed to look exactly like a magazine, you'll see popular new stories from the Flipboard community and from your social networks like Facebook and Twitter if you choose to integrate them.

Updated by: Elise Moreau