Choosing a News Aggregator

Written by on June 21, 2012 in Technology - 1 Comment | Print this page

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The world wide web makes news and information from all over the globe accessible and available to anyone. The problem is that there is so much information and news constantly being generated that it can be pretty difficult to stay on top of everything, whether you are a tech geek who is interested in digital touch systems and interactive touch tables or a reality TV fanatic who wants the latest gossip on their favorite shows.

What is the point of free and accessible information if you can never find what you are looking for? Enter news aggregators, which bring together the information you are interested in and have them ready for you to browse in a single location. It’s like a personalized news feed. So, which news aggregator is best for you?

Feedly
Feedly works on numerous platforms, including Android, iOS, Chrome, Safari and Firefox. This makes it great for use on your mobile device and means you won’t have to adjust to another program when on a computer, but can use the same program on both.

Users like its simple interface and the ability to share stories on social networks. It supports adding of favorites and news sites as well as customization.

Google News
Well-known and comprehensive, Google News aggregates stories from across the world, with top stories displayed and alternative takes from other news outlets available.

Fark
If you want some off-beat and quirky stories mixed in with your serious news, Fark could be a good place. Real live humans are involved in the rankings of stories so you can end up with only the most interesting stories to see.

It’s great for staying informed on more unusual topics and overlooked issues. The community can also offer interesting commentary on the stories so you get even more in-depth information.

News360
This service can be used on the web or as an app on your Android or Apple device. The service uses data from your social media accounts to try and figure out what it is that you are interested in so it supplies the best and most relevant news stories. The interface uses tiles and is quite easy-to-use as well as pleasing to the eye.

Of course, it’s pretty easy to give few different aggregators a try and compare them yourself. Make sure to take the time to customize them so you can assess them based on their full merits. It may take a little while for the aggregators to incorporate your preferences into their results. You may even find that you prefer having multiple aggregators on-the-go to take advantage of their different positive attributes. Just be careful not to get hooked on reading what’s happening instead of doing something to change it.

This is a guest post.  Mary contributed this guest post. Passionate about technology, she likes writing about everything from online news to interactive touch tables.

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