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Twitter Based News Reader

Published 03/15/2012 and rated Ratingstars4 4 out of 5 stars
by Shel Gatto
What can you use the app for? is a social way to filter news stories that the user is likely to be interested in. The application gathers stories from the user’s Twitter stream and presents them in a digestible format. The user can see what their friends and acquaintances are reading, and are more likely to discover stories that actually interest them. Users can see their own streams (which includes content taken from posts made by the people they follow) or visit a friend’s stream to see what their contacts are discussing and reading. The website also offers up a list of streams for notable users, including Nicholas Kristof and Steven Johnson. Stories can be saved to a reading list to access later. Users can read content while offline. screenshot
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What is the history and popularity of the app? was founded in August of 2011. The application has earned high marks for its elegant design however some users had complaints. The application utilizes’s rank popularity algorithm, which doesn’t quite live up to expectations when filtering content on Some users and reviewers felt the filtering capabilities were lacking and could use some serious improvement. The reverse following option was appealing to some, but to others it seemed rather useless because it does not add anything relevant to the user’s reading collection.

What are the differences to other apps? offers a unique way to gather news content on the web. Rather than visit actual news websites, which tend to offer a collection of many things that are displayed by popularity rather than the individual visitor’s interest, the user can use Twitter feeds. The application pulls news content from the user’s feed and displays it in a way that is easier to manage and is more likely to give the user a collection of articles that they are truly interested in.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

The interface is handsome to say the least. The application’s appearance is definitely a strong point for the user. The design is organized and does not subject the user to annoying advertisements or flashy graphics. Instead, the user is presented with the content (which takes up a majority of the reading area) along with a simple side menu. The menu features modern buttons and headers and lets the user view more content from the original source as well as content on topics mentioned in the article. has created a simple, elegant interface that gives the user everything they want when reading news content online.

How does the registration process work?

New users can get started by filling out the single field presented near the center of the homepage. The field asks for the user’s email address. After entering an address and clicking the green “Enter” button, the user is next asked to sign in with their Twitter account. This is to be expected considering that the application relies on Twitter to gather its content. The user is automatically signed in to and advised that their first news digest email will arrive the following morning.

What does it cost to use the application? offers an interesting service, but it is not one that warrants a fee. Anyone can register and start using at no cost. This is right where the application should be in terms of price. Most users would not be willing to pay for this type of service, at least not without some significant additions made to the features list and filter improvements. provides a decent service at the best price possible: free.

Who would you recommend the application to? is ideal for anyone who uses Twitter often and gets most of their news content online. The user can tap into their Twitter feeds to see what their friends are talking about and what breaking news stories are the most interesting to the people that interest them. The application really doesn’t have any appeal to users who do not frequent Twitter or those with very small contact lists (unless the user knows a few chronic news article posters).

  • links directly to the user's Twitter account
  • Content posted by contacts is sorted into a manageable reading list
  • A clean interface gives the user content with no clutter
  • Daily digest emails keep users up to date on news content
  • Privacy settings let users hide their feeds from others

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