document updated 9 days ago, on Aug 3, 2022
Specific websites that let you self-curate a list of news stories:
Google News >
saved stories — a news aggregator
Pocket > My List — a news aggregator
con — Articles are never shown alongside ANY date (either publication date or "saved" date), which strips them of some very important context.
pro — has
its own app, and a browser extension too pro — lets you
tag items in your list, which allows articles to be organized, instead of just sticking all favorites into one or two buckets pro — lets you
hilight specific parts of articles pro — your
"recommended articles" appear in your public profile, while your "saves" are private huge pros — Pocket provides
RSS feeds, lets you export your data AND import your data, has a public REST API, and contributes to open source pro — The
official documentation is expansive, and rivals Google's self-documentation efforts. unsure — The
"Permanent Library only available under Premium" thing has me maybe a little concerned? Or is it simply a duplication of the Wayback Machine functionality? con — It's sort of minor, but within "my list" or tagged articles, the date it displays and sorts by... is "when the user saved the article", and
not the date the article was published. I don't know why, but I find this pretty irritating. It would be nice if there was some user setting that could toggle this, but I know that UX folks like to simplify configuration options and avoid such minutiae.
Granted, the two are usually aligned... but once in a while they're not.
Maybe there's some browser extension that might be able to tweak this? con — Frankly, its
recommendation engine isn't the best. I prefer to scour other news sites (Google News, Axios, BBC, ...) and then use the Pocket browser extension to add an article to my saved items list.
Feedly > Boards
con — Feedly's browser extension is MUCH slower than Pocket's. It always insists on "extracting article content".
pro — pretty heavily RSS-based
pro — is available on the PC via website, via
mobile apps, the Feedly Mini browser extension is useful, it has a public API, and there are OPML ( wikipedia) import and export features pro — you can attach
Notes and Highlights to individual stories pro — Boards can be set to
public or private pro? — the
preferences/settings are quite numerous pro — There's integrations with many third-party websites:
Slack, Microsoft Teams, Buffer, Pocket, Evernote, OneNote, Zapier, IFTTT, and Dropbox con — while articles can be sorted by latest or oldest, the date that it actually goes by is the "favorited" date (hover your mouse over the text that looks like "2h", and it'll show the full timestamp), but at least it shows A date, unlike Pocket!
con — they try pretty hard to get you to
con — There are several features that I really like from the "Pro+" level (see list below). But $8.25/month isn't cheap, considering this kind of service is offered free elsewhere.
Google News feeds
RSS builder, allowing you to ingest websites that have no RSS feeds ?I guess the
Leo feature isn't bad? con — The documentation is in many different places, and they all overlap with each other. There should be just ONE place to go for polished official documentation. Docs are at
feedly.com/i/support, feedly.helpscoutdocs.com, and blog.feedly.com as well as several other places underneath blogs.feedly.com.
Flipboard > Profile > Magazines — a news aggregator
pro — lets you categorize the stories into different personal "magazines"
pro — lets you decide whether each of your "magazines" are public or private
con — why does it list JUST photos on the news feed? I want news
stories, not news photos.
Digg > bookmarks (AKA "saves") and favorites (AKA "diggs") — a news aggregator and a social bookmarking site
Newslookup.com > my links — a news aggregator
pro — has a
public API, and provides info-dumps of its public content pro — allows the end-user to edit the article title and summary text, as they're in the process of favoriting it
pro — the
various categories are built using group-input data, and includes categories like Chicago, Social Justice Twitter — a microblogging site (many news stories have a "tweet this" icon built-in)
con — Articles are never shown alongside their publication date (though their "tweet" date is shown), which strips them of some very important context.
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