Do you have a hard time keeping up with all news topics that interest you, and staying on top of multiple news websites? Do you wish you could browse news of the world around you more like the way you browse your friend’s news on Facebook? Wavii.com is a personalized news website that gives you status updates that you can comment on and share, on interesting topics of your choice, displayed in a Facebook like news feed. According to Wavii:
Keep up with everything you care about in a personalized news feed. Wavii automatically creates status updates for your favorite politicians, celebrities, gadgets, and more. These updates highlight what’s happening, like a political victory, dramatic breakup, startup acquisition, or new app release, so you’re in the know and can discuss with friends. The more you follow, the more active and personalized your news feed becomes. The same way you follow your friends on Facebook, you follow everything else on Wavii.
Wavii also has an app for iPhone and a blog.
Does it seem like more news happens everyday then you have the time to digest? Do you wish you could get your news stories prioritized, so you could spend your time reading only the most important ones? NewsWhip.com is a news website that posts links to news stories from other sites, prioritizing them based on likes and shares from social media. According to NewsWhip:
We rank news stories based on what people are actually sharing with their friends. Everything on NewsWhip has been picked out and shared by someone somewhere. The stories that make our front page have been shared by thousands of people in a matter of hours or even minutes, so they tend to be pretty awesome… We built NewsWhip because we think people are better than robots at spotting quality stories. People know quality reporting, compelling voices, and can spot a funny joke when they read it. There’s no algorithm for taste. NewsWhip gives a score to a news story by measuring how many tweets, likes, shares, and other interactions stories it gets. The score changes as the number of interactions goes up and down. If you select a preferred location, you’ll find more stories from close to you, as we score them more highly.
Locations include: WorldWide, U.S., U.K., Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, India, and Europe. Main Categories (there are more subcategories) include: National, World, Gossip, Culture, Life, Fun, Opinion, Tech, Science, Business, and Sports. If you have a particular topic you’d like to follow you can sign up to have a “daily digest” on that topic sent to you directly. NewsWhip also has a blog.
Do you love newspapers but wish they were updated in real-time and a little more personal? Have you ever wished your Twitter feed read a little more like a newspaper? TweetedTimes.com is a website that generates a personal online newspaper in real-time using your Twitter account. According toThe Tweeted Times:
The Tweeted Times aggregates news in your Twitter stream and ranks them by popularity among your friends. Never miss any important news! …The Tweeted Times rebuilds your newspaper hourly, and is always up-to-date… You can create a newspaper for any topic of your interest. Topical newspapers are based on streams produced by Twitter Lists or Twitter search.
The Tweeted Times has an app for iPad so you can read your Tweeted news on the go.
Have you every watched news coverage of a natural disaster and wondered what it was exactly about our weather system that caused it to happen? Are you curious about the underlying psychology behind acts of terrorism? WhyFiles.org is a website that digs deep and explains the science behind the latest news stories in a clear presentation understandable by anyone. According to The Why Files:
The Why Files is an online science magazine. Since 1996, our award-winning coverage of the science behind the news has helped make science accessible and understandable in the context of current events. The mission of The Why Files is to explore the science, math and technology behind the news of the day, and to present those topics in a clear, accessible and accurate manner. We are based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, but The Why Files covers science at all institutions that engage in scientific exploration and discovery. We hope our work will help explain the relationship between science and daily life.
The archives can be browsed by subject, theme, or category. Some of the The Why Files many features includes: Cool Science Images, Interactives (Virtual Science! animations), classroom materials for teachers, The Weather Guys, and Curiosities.
Do you wonder if you’re really getting the unbiased truth from the major news outlets? Would you rather get your news from ordinary citizens such as yourself? Mizozo.com is a news website that is written by ordinary people rather than professional journalists and argued with response articles and a rating system. According to Mizozo:
Taking Citizen Journalism to the next level, Mizozo delivers up-to-the-minute breaking news from across the globe and information on the latest top stories, business, sports and entertainment headlines. What separates Mizozo from the rest is that we don’t just offer the news, we offer both sides of the story. With the world’s biased media, it is difficult to understand who is right and who is wrong. If you read CNN, you will get one side of the story, while if you read Al Jazeera you will get another. It is difficult to get a complete picture of a situation from an unbiased perspective. With Mizozo, the People not only report their own news, they can also point out mistakes in other peoples stories. Terrorist or Freedom Fighter? Police Brutality or Self Defense? If we let the media decide for us, we are simply deceiving ourselves. It is important for the people to be well informed so that they can make their own decisions on a story.
Categories include: Top, World, Tech, Entertainment, Sports, Biz, Weird, Travel, and Health. Mizozo also has a blog.
Are you getting tired of news that always dwells on the negative and highlights the worst of society? HappyNews.com is a website from Happy Living Magazine that posts real news stories, but only those that are positive. According to Happy News:
We believe virtue, goodwill and heroism are hot news. That’s why we bring you up-to-the-minute news, geared to lift spirits and inspire lives. Add in a diverse team of Citizen Journalists reporting positive stories from around the world, and you’ve got one happy place for news.
News categories include: International, National, Business/Money, Health, Science & Technology, Arts & Entertainment, Sports, Heroes, Opinions & Editorials, and Environment. There are also sections on Video, Products, and Happy Living.
Are you tired of the negative and boring news found using traditional news sources? Would you like to find news that is more positive and maybe a bit more odd or controversial, while definitely being more fun? ThinkNice.com is an alternative online news source featuring humorous, bizarre, and controversial news stories with a positive spin. According to think nice:
ThinkNice.com is a site designed to deliver news on funny, interesting and controversial subjects. We report on odd, bizarre, and outrageous topics that are hard to find through traditional, mainstream media outlets. We feel it is our job to bring fun, joy, intrigue, and intellectual stimulation to your day! We are here to post the most interesting news items from around the world. Our style of news is sure to make you smile, laugh, generally lighten your spirits, or possibly even make you cry (but usually in a “good” way).
News articles are divided into the following categories: Funny, Interesting, Controversial, Bizarre/Oddities, Entertainment, Environment, Animals, Art, Sports, Political, Sexy, and Video. Think Nice is taking submissions if you think you have what it takes to write a good news story.
With articles, videos, and podcasts such as “Man Charged After Wiping His Ass With A Parking Ticket” and “Washington, D.C.’s Potomac River Is So Polluted That Fish Change Sex” Disinfo.com is news blog that is more then little different. According to Disinformation:
Our web portal, aggregates tens of thousands of the most shocking, unusual and quirkiest news articles, podcast episodes, and videos on the web, most of which are submitted by the site’s visitors. The site also includes original free content, including the Disinformation Podcasts as well as a deep archive of articles and editorials written in the early days of the site. Whether it’s text, audio or video, if it’s offbeat or unconventional, you’ll probably find it here.
Disinformation encourages reader submitted stories and participation in the comment section.
Fark.com is a “news aggregator and an edited social networking news site” which aggregates “news that is really Not News”. According to Fark: “Fark is what fills space when mass media runs out of news. Fark is supposed to look like news… but it’s not news. It’s Fark.” If none of this makes much sense, just check out the sight. It is also much more then “Not News” it also has forums, adult not news called “Foobies”, Fark Chat, a travel guide, and more.