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Collected.info

News aggregator’s are becoming an increasingly important tool for both marketers and consumers. We are inundated with information on what seems like a real time basis, its very easy to become overloaded and miss important pieces that you are most interested in. From Collected.info

All your news and interests in one place

Collected is a service where you easily gather feeds and news sources in to collections where you (and others!) can get a good overview and follow them on a daily basis. You can even export your collection to a new feed that you can use in your favourite reader such as Google Reader, Net News Wire, etc.

Collected gather news websites, twitter feeds, flickr feeds, blogs, or just about anything that uses RSS, Atom or XML.

Collected is built on our wish to make the Internet a more fun and easier to use place.

Collected was created by serial entrepeneurs David Sundin, Ted Persson and Andreas Thorstensson together with creative agency Great Works.

Contact .Collected

info[at]collected.info
twitter.com/collectedinfo

What I really like about collected is the slick display format, All your aggregated news are organized and displayed in a blog like format. Users can customize their feeds, explore other feeds and share with friends. Collected also makes a point to display the sources of content on the right hand side of the feed page.

The drawbacks I see for collected are the long post lengths, because of its “blog” like design older news is constantly pushed down and difficult to find. It would also be nice if each individual page had a search function instead of the entire site ( a la Tumblr).

Overall Collected.info is a really simple and cool way to create custom news feeds. In contrast Yahoo Pipes has a fairly robust process for essentially the same service.

News Aggregators – Pulse

March 14, 2012 Leave a comment

Right now I’ve started exploring Pulse and based on my first impression may be the most visually appealing option available.  Pulse encourages users to use their service by providing users with “packages” of useful news sites which can then be displayed on “pages” (which can be organized under headings such as gaming or technology).  Pulse displays available news articles by displaying the headline picture (if available).  The full article is displayed within the app, so the you never have to visit the site to read the article.

Pulse in particular does not load up the entire article at once.  Pulse will provide a small snippet of the article for the user to read, and if you decide that you want to read the whole article you an load it within the app.  I assume that Pulse chose to do this in order to reduce the initial loading time for smartphones.

So far I’m really enjoying Pulse and I have yet to find a major flaw within the app.  I will continue to use Pulse in the future.  If you want to join click on the link!

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