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Beyond the search engine: create your own newsfeed

Recently, we discussed the world beyond Google, where a variety of easily accessible search engines give you a choice of different benefits. But now let’s look at something even After concentrate…

A news aggregator collects news and other information, sorted by categories and preferences, from the Internet. News now is an example.

Bennu orbit near Earth/NASA

Let’s say you want to know more about the the asteroid Bennu. You can type “Bennu” into a search engine. But you already know the basics of the asteroid; right now you want to know if there has been any recent news about it.

You could go to news now, choose Science, then Astronomy, then Asteroids, Comets and Meteoroids, then Bennu asteroid. You will find that the last story about Bennu that hit the stream was posted on think big on July 31 of this year, telling us that current evidence shows that NASA was “Totally wrong” on the characteristics of Bennu. think big is a respectable site; this may be useful information to know.

If you put the URL path to Bennu – just for example – on your desktop, you can check for further updates later. It’s an easy way to keep up to date. News aggregators are no more difficult to use than search engines and can target topics faster.

At Theme Isle, Chris Fitzgerald offers eight aggregator sites to consider including

  1. Flipboard: “Flipboard is without a doubt one of the best news aggregation websites out there because you can follow as many global topics and publications as you want. Or, if you want to narrow down your feed to local news, you can search your country or city and add it to your topics…Furthermore, Flipboard allows you to interact with the content.You can like, comment and share the social media links.You can read the news from your web browser and your mobile – available on Android and iOS.” So like Facebook, except that the news you receive comes from the pros. (January 18, 2022)

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  1. Metacritic, for arts and entertainment. Let’s say you wanted to check out Marvel’s Dr. Strange and the Multiverse of Madness (2022) before spending money. You can go to the MetaCritic link and enter the name of the movie. What you will see is not just trailers and credits, but dozens of links to review reviews and hundreds of links to user reviews, with both summary comments and scores. If you decide to buy, you will know what you are buying.
media reporter with microphone doing reporter interview for news

Fitzgerald also offers advice on build your own aggregator (Yes you can).

In the 10 best news aggregators from 2022” to live wire, Stefanie Fogel approves Poached: “Pocket is a great tool for bookmarking and managing lists of internet articles you want to read later, and it’s also a great place to find stories. Just select the Recommended or Explore links to find a variety of trending articles on the Pocket Network. Recommendations are partly based on previous articles you’ve saved, so chances are you’ll find something relevant to your interests. (February 12, 2022 )

StartupTalk provides a list of 45 or more of the best news aggregators by name, with information and explanations but do not connect them. It’s always a good place to discover new aggregators that may come in handy.

Are aggregators a form of theft?

Some news chiefs don’t like the wide variety of options the reader now has to personalize news feeds. From a 2010 research document:

One explanation for the decline of traditional media that some, including News Corporation owner Rupert Murdoch and Associated Press President Dean Singleton, have seized upon is the rise of the news aggregator. According to this theory, news aggregators from Google News to the Huffington Post surreptitiously surf, resell, and profit at great expense from factual information gathered by mainstream media. Murdoch went so far as to call Google’s aggregation and display of newspaper headlines and ledes a “theft”.

Isbell, Kimberly. (2010). The The rise of the news aggregator: Legal implications and best practices. SSRN electronic journal. 10.2139/ssrn.1670339. The paper is freely accessible.

Well, if aggregation is stealing, are search engines stealing? The Internet has greatly enhanced the power of the information seeker over the information provider, but it is hard to see how it could have done otherwise. The radio did the same.

Either way, if you frequently search for up-to-date information on the same topics, an aggregator may be a better choice, time-wise, than a search engine.


You can also read: Life beyond Google search: Try other search engines. Recently, DuckDuckGo has been found to sometimes track users, due to an agreement with Microsoft. Regardless, there are a lot of search engines now… Having multiple search engines on the desktop minimizes too much reliance on one of them and limits how much the search engine can get to know YOU.