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News Junkie? Get Your Fix at Alltop | Vivid! Social Media

News Junkie? Get Your Fix at Alltop

Posted on January 28, 2009

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I’ll admit, I’m addicted to Alltop. If you’re unfamiliar with the service, I’ll do my best to get you up to speed.

Let’s start with the basics. RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a way for sites to deliver their content to you via a feed reader. If you’re unfamiliar with this, don’t sweat it….I’ll cover it in detail on here soon. What you need to know is that you can set up a feed reader to “catch” all your feeds in one place - eliminating the need to visit multiple sites daily/hourly. I have well over 300 feeds in my feed reader that I use to find new software, news about social media happenings, technology, and a ton of other things. It’s a great source for inspiration or breaking news.

Enter Alltop. Here’s their explanation of the site:

We help you explore your passions by collecting stories from “all the top” sites on the web. We’ve grouped these collections — “aggregations” — into individual Alltop sites based on topics such as environment, photography, science, Muslim, celebrity gossip, military, fashion, gaming, sports, politics, automobiles, and Macintosh. At each Alltop site, we display the headlines of the latest stories from dozens of sites and blogs.

You can think of an Alltop site as a “digital magazine rack” of the Internet. To be clear, Alltop sites are starting points—they are not destinations per se. The bottom line is that we are trying to enhance your online reading by both displaying stories from the sites that you’re already visiting and helping you discover sites that you didn’t know existed. In other words, our goal is the “cessation of Internet stagnation” by providing “aggregation without aggravation.”

The easiest way to describe Alltop is by calling it a place to find everything you want to know (as it happens) about a specific topic.

Here’s a video that might help explain it better:

How can you apply this to your social media needs? A lot of ways. If you are in a certain field, it’s a great idea to bookmark the topic related to your industry. This will help you follow industry news, and keep in on top of all the changes going on.

Another good use could be to find interesting stories to share with your friends on Facebook or Twitter. Posting great links on Twitter will help you stand out in the crowd, and if the link is really good, you should see a few retweets, which leads to new followers.

Here’s the really cool news, and the inspiration behind this post. Your very own Vivid! is now listed in the Social Media topic on Alltop! That’s HUGE! We’re very honored (and a little humbled) to be listed with some of the absolute greats in the industry.

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