Social networks have significantly changed the way we consume the news and this also has an effect on our news sources.
How many home pages do you visit every day to read the news? You might have a couple of favorite websites that you check from time to time, but in general, do you need to visit a homepage to read the daily news you want?
Back from the time of RSS readers, it was becoming obvious that the customisation of news led you far from the homepage of each website to get all the updates. And then came social networks, replacing RSS readers and news sites as our primary news consumption.
Twitter has been really good at gathering news, providing you follow the people/sites you’re interested in. And if you want to spend some extra time creating lists, then you’re able to create a perfect news source, with everything that interests you. Except for Twitter, there’s of course Facebook, with your friends and the Pages you’ve liked providing you with a satisfying amount of news. It’s up to you to choose the friends and Pages that will provide you with anything new, which leads once again to customisation. Both of these networks provide almost instant updates on any new event, which makes any website slow, even if they type at amazingly fast speed a brand new story.
Apart from the obvious use of Facebook and Twitter, there are also several ways to read whatever you like, and these are my personal suggestions:
- Reddit to check the news you like
- Stumbleupon that suggests you articles according to your interests
- Flipboard, which is like a personalised magazine
- Feedly, the replacement of Google Reader for many users
- LinkedIn Pulse is the latest service of LinkedIn and by following the sites you like you get an excellent news source
- Pocket, which allows you to bookmark the articles you discover when surfing and want to read later on from any device.
- Evernote by using the Web Clipper to keep the articles you like
There are so many other ways to discover and read interesting stories that it’s simply up to you to choose what works better for you.
What’s your suggestions on consuming news then? Any new service worth trying is more than welcome!