4 Web-Based News Aggregators and Sources
Why is staying up to date with news and business information so important for entrepreneurs? Because you need news and solid reporting if you're going to remain competitive and keep your business perspective fresh. You need current business news so you can keep abreast of what's going on in your world—and so you know what the competition is up to.
Here are four of the best places to get your business and financial news online.
Billed as a business portal for executives, this no-frills news site is a great homepage for business leaders. The site provides links to just about any major news source you can think of, all in one convenient location. You can save yourself the trouble of bookmarking, searching, and entering URLs in your toolbar by simply clicking on your favorite links. You can choose from a free membership or a paid subscription (if you want to add a few bells and whistles).
The site does have a few downsides. The free version doesn't show links open in the same browser tab so you can't view multiple websites at once. Also, you need to be careful with the free trial version. If you don't remember to take steps to cancel it, your credit card will automatically be charged for a one-year subscription when the trial period ends.
Still, this is a great site for a quick list of news sites at-a-glance.
Google Alerts isn't so much a news aggregator as it is a news announcement tool that can be a very valuable tool for micromanaging the news you want on a daily basis.
You must have a Google account to use the site, but signing up is free. Then, you simply choose keywords such as "women in business" to locate what interests you. Or, type in the names of your clients (or potential clients) and you'll be alerted (via email) when they're in the news.
What's great about Google Alerts is that you can constantly fine-tune your alerts based on current news headlines. Google is super fast in its ability to pick up news and information from websites and blogs so you can keep an active eye on your competitors (as well as your clients).
Popurls encapsulates headlines from the most popular websites on a single page. Also known as the mother of all news aggregators, PopUrls was invented 2005 and today (thirteen years later), they are as popular as ever.
If you're looking for a one-page, no-frills news aggregator that displays everything from YouTube to Flikr to Google to Yahoo, you'll want popurls.com. You'll also find your favorite social media sites (like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram) and some on-trend sites like Longform and MetaFilter. These are all mashed up with the early news sites like Huffington Post.
The best thing about PopUrls is that aside from covering all the major news, social, and v-sites, there are no installs, no downloads, no sign-ups, and no pop-ups. It makes for a great browser homepage without intruding into your visual space.
News 360 isn't dedicated to business news, but it can be if that's what you want. It works with your social media apps to get a feel for what interests you, then it uses that data to customize the news you'll see when you sign on. This greatly narrows the chances that you'll be confronted with a lot of articles you're just not interested in.
The essential benefit of News 360 is that you don't have to weed through tons of news that's not your cup of tea—it's basically your daily customized news service.