One of the most popular types of content on the Internet is news. However, there are so many news sources that it is very tedious and frustrating to check each of them separately. That’s when news aggregating services come in handy. They act as hubs that collect, display, and store information in a way that is easy to use.
Websites that gather news from several sources, such as news agencies or TV channels, for example, are excellent time savers. Such websites generally have very high numbers of daily visits, so they can have large profits from advertising in the form of banners or sponsored posts, for example. The high potential of monetization attracts many investors and convinces enthusiasts to build a news aggregator website.
Let’s look at 5 most popular news aggregating websites and review their most prominent features.
- Google News
While Users of Android mobile devices have Google News built natively in their operating system, the web version is available for all platforms. The more Google knows about you, the more relevant and personalized news it provides.
Google employs a combination of various technologies to suggest the content that would be interesting for a particular user. This combination includes the geographical location obtained via GPS, search history stored in the account, Google’s AI algorithms, etc. User can also customize their displayed news manually. They can add new topics to the suggested feed or mark topics as not interesting.
If you have another preferred search engine, almost all of them have their news aggregator services with corresponding websites. So, fans of Bing, Yahoo, Baidu, Yandex, and other search systems may find the respective sites from these companies. Their functionality and work principles are almost identical to those provided by Google News.
Feedly uses a completely different approach than Google News. First of all, users must register in this service before they are allowed to use it. Then they must select a subscription plan. The basic one is free but paid plans offer more features for both individuals and teams.
This platform also uses AI to suggest content that would be interesting to users based on their preferred topics. Manual customization is also provided. Users can add their preferred websites as news sources to get a personalized feed.
Feedly also has specific features for teamwork that involves various kinds of research. It promotes collaboration and sharing insights between team members.
Flipboard is another popular news aggregator that has a couple of characteristic features. First of all, it has a magazine-like design of the news feed that adds to user impression and experience. When you read it, it feels like reading a paper magazine or at least its PDF version.
In addition, it has several useful functions for content providers. Flipboard encourages publishers, brands, educators, and even bloggers to create their “magazines” and share them with the website audience. The sharing feature makes this news aggregation service a sort of a social network. This way, users may not only gain information from Flipboard but also use it for promotion and drawing traffic to their websites.
Techmeme differs from the rest of the news aggregators mentioned in this article by its selection of content. This website specializes in news about various digital technologies and omits unrelated topics. For this reason, it is an invaluable resource for tech enthusiasts who are looking for more “filtered” content.
In addition to the latest news, Techmeme also covers various tech events and provides information regarding job vacancies in software and hardware companies. The resource carefully selects both curated and sponsored content to provide its readers only useful and reliable information.
Panda is another news aggregation website that deliberately narrowed its selection of topics. Basically, it is aimed at designers and tech enthusiasts. The website offers 7 different layouts to make the process of discovering and reading the news more comfortable for different users.
This news aggregator has 30 news sources or “feeds” enabled by default, such as Medium, Behance, Reddit, and other highly popular websites. Users can also add their own sources separately or in bundles.
The abundance of information on the web has become both blessing and a curse. Nowadays, it takes a lot of time to separate interesting data from fake news and useless “noise.” Luckily, there are numerous websites that take care of this nuisance.
If you like to stay informed on the latest trends or receive information on selected topics that you personally find interesting, news aggregators will save you a lot of time. You may pick an existing aggregation service or even try and build a new one. The latter would be especially useful if you have a rare hobby or interest that is not among modern trends.
It should be noted that news aggregation websites are quite profitable. This results from two facts. One: users prefer “filtered” content from trusted sources collected in one place according to their preferences. Two: curating high-quality content is always easier than creating it.