Information overload is a real and a serious problem. Keeping track of everything that is happening in the technology sector is not easy. However, even harder is to quickly spot breaking news; something which every tech-blogger needs to do. Here are three websites you can use to stay ahead of the curve.
AllTop describes itself as an online magazine rack that helps people answer the question: What’s happening?”. It is a collection of RSS feeds of the leading content sources in different spheres. AllTop covers various niches, including but not limited to technology. Registered users can mix and match different content sources to create their own customised AllTop experience. Check out the video to get a better idea about AllTop.
AllTop doesn’t do anything your RSS feed reader can’t do. But, it saves you the effort of curating custom RSS feed lists. For example, if you are interested in Android related news, you can just pick that topic and get a quick idea about what’s happening in the Android world. If you want to check out latest programming news, you can do that too, in an instant. Another similar service you can check out is popurls.
Kickpost tries to algorithmically determine breaking news stories by monitoring a selection of high profile blogs. The interface is sparse but functional and easy on the eyes. The main drawback of Kickpost is that there is no systematic organisation. Hence, there is duplication of information and related information is not clubbed together.
TechMeme is the undisputed leader in this segment. Although TechMeme also focuses mainly on the top blogs, it does a better job at identifying and organising content than most of its competition. It employs an algorithmic system that is aided by human operators. This allows it to discover breaking news, even when it’s not coming from a tier-1 blog.
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