News junkies who want to scan the headlines without all the celebrity gossip and top 10 lists cluttering their feeds should try Newsibly, an aggregated website and automated Twitter feed with a nose for world news.
“The major outlet frontpages attempt to appeal to all audiences at once,” Newsibly creator Nick Lisi told SocialTimes. “World news interspersed with celebrity happenings, sports results, stock tickers; it’s all a bit much at once. I believe that there is a niche audience of people who would prefer an easy and efficient view of the biggest world/national topics without the ‘fluff’ stories. I’ve received a lot of feedback supporting this premise but only time will tell.”
Newsibly aggregates headlines from major news outlets and then sorts through the results to find the topics that are being reported on the most. It’s similar to Techmeme, but it covers a broader spectrum of news stories and its ranking system is more transparent than that of Google News, according to Lisi. “Newsibly’s algorithm attempts to determine top stories democratically; where a story pertaining to a topic is like a ‘vote’ from that news outlet that the topic is newsworthy,” he said.
Why does it matter how many times a story was reported? Said Lisi, “The more outlets ‘voting for’ (reporting) an individual topic the more likely it is to be of importance.”
Currently, Newsibly gathers stories from “old guard” news outlets like the New York Times and CNN, but newer sites like Huffington Post and BuzzFeed are in the works.
“Newsibly displays how many stories pertain to each topic to give a quick sense of how ‘big’ a story is and the system also provides flexibility of depth,” Lisi added. “If a user desires, they can quickly scan the tags of each topic to get the gist of what the big topics are, or if desired dive into each section’s articles and take a look at the topic from the viewpoints of multiple news sources. It’s really designed for people to be able to get a feel for the biggest events/news in just a few seconds, and then give the option to go deeper.”