Just another UMW Blogs weblog

Let’s face it, there are a lot of websites out there on the internet.  There are also a lot of news sites.  There are traditional news sites like CNN, ABC, NBC, and MSNBC.  Then there are the millions of blogs out there, which can be personal blogs authored by one person, or blogs run by some sort of company or group of individuals.  All this adds up to a lot of possibly newsworthy content out there on the web.

So, maybe you have an RSS reader.  That could help, right?  The problem with RSS feeds is that you are only kept up to date with the feeds that you’ve subscribed to.  If your feeds never mention something, you never hear about it.  That’s where sites like Google News or Digg come into play.

Google News puts a whole slew of news stories right at your fingertips.  Using a combination of Google’s web crawling (probably) and some sort of top-secret news sorting algorithm, it displays the most recent stories, and can be viewed by categories.  Digg presents the news in a very different manner.  Digg users submit links to news stories, and these stories are then voted up via “diggs”.  The more diggs a story has, the more popular it is.  Tools like these can expose people (in a good way) to a wide array of news stories, possibly outside of their regular reading habits.

Outside of Digg and Google News, there are all sorts of avenues for news more relevant to your interests (Though Digg & Google News have categories you can use to help find more relevant interests).  I’m not up to date on every site out there, but I’m familiar with Slashdot, it’s a site i check every once in a while when I want to see what’s going on in computers/technology/the Internet.  News sites are out there, but relying on one website to get all of your news is not the best modus operandi.  Awareness tools are your friend, and they’re out there waiting for you to use them.


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