Using Social News Aggregators for Content Ideas
Having a hard time coming up with that next blog post to publish?
Try social news aggregators. These websites are extremely helpful mashups of relevant feeds from social websites, popular blogs and news sources.
Most of the content on social media aggregators are freshly pulled from a wide variety of sources and can be a fountain of inspiration for anyone who is tired of blogging about the same things everyday.
The following news aggregators can be used daily/hourly to generate fresh and relevant content for your blog. Most news aggregators and meme trackers have search bars so this is the first place you want to start. Beginning with a search for you relevant keywords is the fastest way to come up with content ideas, and prevents you from being distracted by other material.
Once you find an article in your niche, make sure to add your own original take on the article so you won’t be contributing to the echo chamber.
Top 5 Sites for Social Media News Aggregation
One of my favorite social news aggregators on the web. This site replaces other online resources such as: Reddit, Del.icio.us and Digg. A one page scroll-friendly social news website that shows just the headlines and also includes news feeds from Google & Yahoo, videos from Metacafe and Youtube as well as blog posts from popular blogs like Boing Boing, this aggregation site is not to be missed.
My tech news site of record, these guys cover topics specific to the industry as a whole. If you are looking for breaking tech news this is the site for you. Techmeme arranges all of these links into a single, easy-to-scan page. Story selection is accomplished via computer algorithm extended with direct human editorial input. From Ars Technica to ZDNet these guys cover the spectrum for tech news.
Displaying all the top headlines from popular topics around the web, Alltop Co-founder Guy Kawasaki has created a platform different from a search engine, The purpose of Alltop is to help you answer the question, “What’s happening?” in “all the topics” that interest you. They do this by collecting the headlines of the latest stories from the best sites and blogs that cover a topic of your choice. They then group these collections — “aggregations” — into individual web pages. Then display the five most recent headlines of the information sources as well as their first paragraph.
BuzzFeed Tracks the Web’s Obsessions in Real Time. Featuring topics from the outrageous video that’s about to go viral, an obscure subculture breaking into the mainstream, a juicy bit of gossip that everyone at the office will be talking about tomorrow, or an ordinary guy having his glorious 15-minutes of fame. This site feels more like a magazine including all the fluff, but the “Just Launched” section will get your creative juices flowing.
A newcomer to the scene Google Reader Play is a new way to read popular articles and an interesting interface for browsing web pages. “In Google Reader Play, items are presented one at a time, and each item is big and full-screen. After you’ve read an item, just click the next arrow to move to the next one, or click any item on the filmstrip below to fast-forward. Of course, you can click the title or image of any item to go to the original version. And since so much of the good stuff online is visual, we automatically enlarge images and auto-play videos full-screen,” explains Google.
The Google Blog points out that Google Reader Play doesn’t show your subscriptions. It only shows a list of recommended pages and Google uses your actions (starring, liking or sharing items) to improve the recommendations. If you want to read your subscriptions in Google Reader Play, use this URL:
Do you use any of these social news aggregators or know of any other excellent social news websites that I’ve missed out?