Saturday, June 20, 2009

Tech news

My sister-in-law has a saying: "I have my finger on the pulse of America!" Whether or not that is true can be debated. I am definitely not one who can judge, since I am not even sure where America's pulse could be located (Everybody Votes on the Wii thinks I am very far away from popular opinion). This got me thinking about my niche. What does one do to keep their finger on pulse of Tech or Social Media? Feel free to share thoughts in the comments. Below is what I came up with. First I'll list the ones I actually use:
  • and TWiT in particular. Although not everything that flows out of the TWiT cottage is gold, most of it is pretty good. It also comes in easily-listened-to podcasts.
  • Digg. The democratization of the news. Good stories are voted up, bad stories are voted down (a.k.a. "buried"). The best stories make it to the front page, where web servers go to be brought down by the massive Digg visits.
  • Google News. Google aggregates news stories from wherever it can find them and puts them in one place. You can search for topics, or just see what comes up.
  • Tekzilla. Tekzilla covers "hands on reviews of the latest gear, tips and tricks that improve the tech you already own and conversations with the most informative experts around."
  • Engadget. I mostly use this for live event blogs (like of the keynote at Apple's WWDC), but the rest of stuff is interesting/good too.
  • Twitter. For up to the minute information about what is going on in the world, follow the correct people/organizations on Twitter and let the good times roll!
  • FriendFeed. Like Twitter, only with more features, fewer users, and an even geekier crowd.
Now for the ones I do not use regularly that I think have their supporters:
  • Slashdot. I mostly missed the Slashdot generation. Editors play a more significant part in Slashdot, I believe.
  • Gawker. I used to check in on valleywag. I'm not proud of that.
  • TechCrunch. Mike Arrington is supposedly a big shot, but since I mostly affiliate with the TWiT army I do not really pay attention to trolls.
  • I used to use this, but I never really caught the vision for the social networking part. I used to use it for bookmarking, but I have since moved on to other methods.
  • cnet. Tech news stories, reviews, blogs, forums, and product picks. Or something like that.
  • StumpleUpon. I've never used it, but it seems to be another big way for sharing via social media.
  • Yahoo Buzz. A Digg clone put out by Yahoo. I've heard some people say this has more users than Digg thanks to the Yahoo brand.
Like I said at the beginning: Think I am missing something important? Feel free to add it in the comments.

1 comment:

Ponto said...

Good list, Nathan.
Thanks for sharing.