How Do You Seek News?

June 5th, 2008 | Categories: blogs, content, networks, off topic, social media

When I’m catching up on the day’s headlines, I turn to numerous channels and sources. Generic news sites lack significance and don’t offer meaningful content. The ability to weed out the excess and focus on what’s important to you is the ultimate goal.

Simply put, when I’m looking to get up to speed with the day’s news, I read:

  • RSS feeds
  • Twitter
  • Techmeme
  • Digg
  • Newsletters
  • FriendFeed
  • E-mails from friends

Less frequently, I will browse other sources including Techsted, Newsvine, and Mixx to name a few.

The point is that everyone has their own preferences and interests. As a result, everyone seeks news in a different manner. Some seek news by region, while others by topic. Finding high-quality content that is published on a frequent basis is what every news junkie strives to do. After all, being the source brings with it many benefits, especially as a blogger.

So, I’m eager to know… how do you seek news?

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  1. mikepk Says:

    Well I eat our own dogfood and use Grazr for my news reading. Since we allow the creation of “rivers of news” based on different reading lists (although more than 1 is a pay feature), I can browse lots of high volume news streams that are still subdivided by topic. I have news stream about Grazr as a company, my general technology/web stream, a space and science news stream, and a few others. What I really end up doing is reading most of it on my iPhone using the special format of the widget for that device. I’m pretty much hooked on the river-of-news model, never going back to read/unread for high volumes of feeds.

    Are you going to Gnomedex again this year?

  2. Paul Says:

    I use RSS almost exclusively now, either for Podcasts (using iTunes) or for blogs and news articles (using Google Reader). I have completely abandoned TV, radio, and newspapers.

    For news I follow these articles:
    National Real Estate Investor

    These podcasts:
    Wall Street Journal Report on Small Business

    I also pay attention to the news line at the top of GMail; it occasionally has something useful.

  3. Aidan Says:


    I might hit up Gnomedex this year. It depends on who is attending. So far, the list is pretty weak. I recheck it every couple days to get an update…


  4. Jorge Dom Says:

    Aidan, question for you:

    but with the internet these days and the fact that everyone and anyone can post stories/news,etc….how do you go about deciding what is credible? How do you distinguish or determine whether you’re provided with high quality content?

    I mean, emails from friends and freindfeeds are far from high quality. Even trusted and ‘known’ brand name sites such as CNN are obviously providing biased and skewed news/reports….

    so in the world that we currently live in, with the internet easily accessible by all, it’s becoming MORE DIFFICULT, in my opinion, to actually obtain high quality news.

    What are you thoughts on this?

  5. Aidan Says:


    I think you need to read articles and content from numerous sources over an extended period of time and use your judgment to determine what you think is high-quality and credible on a regular basis. Obviously, it’s impossible to tell sometimes and you need to go with your gut, but I think that following this pattern will help you discover what is of interest to you.


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