This is not a widget review!
Resources such as RSS and email subscription services are a good way to speed up the time you spend reading blogs. Rss allows you to subscribe to all of the content from blogs/sites of your choice.
Email subscription services allow you to subscribe to certain content that you are interested in from blogs/sites of your choice.
These are both great tools that become more popular everyday. Unfortunately they sometimes require extra steps that take more time. Sometimes email subscriptions services deliver information after you have already seen stories about a particular topic. Bummer!
This is where news aggregators swoop in for the rescue. Sites such as Pageflakes.com, Netvibes.com and of course the new and improved Original Signal.com (my all time favorite) offer a simple interface that allows you to view headlines from your A-List of important sites. At a glance, you can tell if there are any topics of interest to you and then act on them accordingly.
For the absolute fastest glance at the headlines from the top sites on the net today, Original Signal(OSig) can’t be beat. There is no need to log in if you don’t want to customize OSig. Just click on the OSig bookmark that you have created and start reading headlines. Mouseover headlines to get the first few lines of content to see if the story is for you. (all three of these sites perform this action)
PageFlakes.com and Netvibes.com are more geared towards a start page type interface. This requires a log in and user interaction to make the page the way you want it. Some of the options include: weather in your locale, Flickr photo display, Search bars, access to your email etc. etc. The list of options are extensive.
I won’t pretend to know everything there is to know about any one of these three sites. But what I do know is, that out of the three, OSig has saved me the most time. That makes Original Signal my Favorite!
Now for the absolute mind bender…once you have all this information and you blogged about it, emailed it, IM’ed it and called your friends about it. You’re done…right? Wrong. Because that seems like a lot of work. More work than you want to do…right?
Spokeo.com has the solution. Recommend your stories and favorite headlines and they will show up on your friends Spokeo pages. If they then recommend the same stories to their friends eventually your stories may make it to the featured user page. Now all you have to do is create a spokeo page and start friending.