I love browsing through contents – news, blog articles, discussions – on the Web. In particular, my core interests are programming, web development & design, data mining, startups, entrepreneurship and occasionally some interesting insights into psychology, how brain works, behavioural studies etc etc.
Given such a vast array of options available on the Web to find contents, I have been signing up for almost every news discovery and aggregation services I could get my hands on for the last 2 or 3 years. Let’s recap some of them here.
- Google Reader (TechCrunch, Mashable, The Next Web, ReadWriteWeb, VentureBeat etc)
- HackerNews (LOVE!)
- Digg (occasionally)
- Reddit (strange world)
- Local news papers
- Some really good bloggers (codinghorror, daringfireball)
That’s just a few that I can think of top of my head, but I think there should be about 10 more to my list.
From what I have observed in the last month or two, I think between Techmeme, Google Reader, HackerNews, I have to say I’m covered about 99% of all the news I should be interested.
Anymore than above three, I find redundant, annoying and waste of time because even if I log in to other services (e.g. Bottlenose for example), I see the same stories that I have read in my top 3 services.
So is content “discovery” a covered field for me? Maybe there are others who are still lurking out there looking for contents through different means, but within my interests, none of the discovery sites are giving me anything new. They are pulling data from RSS feeds, Facebook feeds, Twitter feeds, some scoring on popularity and then presenting them to you.
What I would love to see, on the flipside, however, is to filter out contents that I know I am absolutely NOT interested in. Maybe that will save me time in sifting through articles, but whether that is a feature good enough for a new product, I am not entirely sure.