Information is the key to knowledge. However, in today’s world there is a glut of information and trying to weed through it is difficult. I use the following services to help me find news items that might interest me, and to cut down on the amount of time I have to search in order to find something intersting on any particular subject.
Newshutch is a newsreader, or RSS reader. If you follow a lot of different blogs, or even just a couple, you should try this tool out. Just enter in the blogs that you want to track, and whenever they are updated it will show in your Newshutch page. They provide a neat tool that you can drag to your toolbar that makes it easy to add a new blog to your Newshutch account without ever leaving the web site that you’re visiting. It’s great because it’s not based on what computer you’re on – check your feeds from any computer in the world.
Reddit is a social news site “for what’s new and popular”. At first glance it seems a lot like Digg, however that assumption would be deceiving, because Reddit actually learns what types of news items you like and don’t like. It then serves those genres of stories up to you more regularly. This is a daily read for me. (note: a close favorite of mine is Muti, which has African news, designed much like Reddit by my friend Neville Newey)
If you want to see what’s going on in the world, Newsvine is the place to go. They have succesfully married up traditional news feeds from Reuters with submissions by the general public. Newsvine is the future of web-based news, even though the news industry doesn’t realize it yet.
Besides being a media darling, Digg is actually a great place to find out about breaking news as well as a way to get more attention for a particular story. It is a democratic process, where all the users “digg” stories (or not). The more they are dugg, the higher the chance that they’ll be pushed to the front page of the site and get hundreds of thousands of views. Digg has re-written the way news works, and it’s starting to filter out past the geeks and into ordinary people’s lives. Looking for a good blog story, take a look at Digg.
Muti does what Reddit and Digg do, except for Africa. Recently highlighted in CNN’s Business 2.0 magazine as one of the most innovative startups around the world, Muti is on it’s way to greater things. Whether you’ve just found some interesting news about Africa, or are looking to find some, this is the place to come. Register and make your vote count for any of the stories. It’s the brainchild of my friend and collegue Neville Newey. Together we plan on taking it to the next level under the name Zangu.