It seems to be the age of the news aggregator, where consumers want all their news in one place. App developers saw success in Flipboard and Pulse; soon enough, the market was flooded with news aggregators. Despite this, we kept finding new aggregators, carving a niche for themselves. They differentiated themselves either by design and or by content.
Today, we have Newsco.me, which is a news aggregator of Indian news websites. The app differentiates itself quite well on both, the content as well as the design side. But, perhaps, its differentiator is on technology. Here’s why -
What is it about?
Newsco.me is laid out as cards, which carry news. This is where its first technology differentiator comes. When you hover your mouse over a card, it flips and provides you a point by point summary of the story. The card links out to the source site and within the site itself, it gives you a slightly more detailed synopsis.
But, along with this, lies another technological differentiator. It gives you the top trending topics on the right hand side of the screen. Furthermore, it also has a built in algorithm, which reads articles and gives a few lines of bio (usually from wikipedia) of the person in question in the article. On clicking the persons name, the Newsco.me offers you more articles related to him/her.
Coming back to the main site, you can sort stories on subjects or on source. There are currently 13 sources on site; all Indian. You cannot read a complete article on Newsco.me, as it redirects to the source site. Newsco.me is available as an Android app as well, which is a replica of the web app, for the most part at least.
In the long list of aggregators that are at the disposal of an internet user today, Newsco.me has quite a few unique differentiators -1) Firstly, the summary is a brilliant feature. It keeps things at a need-to-know basis, and it suits the not-so-long attention span of today’s online reader.
2) This minimal, yet adequate information comes to life on the mobile form factor, making the Newsco.me mobile app quite engaging.
3) Enough technology has been used to keep the user on the web as well.
There are many other features that are great, but Newsco.me is a testament to how great technology can create a great user exeprience. If you want all your Indian news in one place, and want to keep it at a need-to-know basis (which is ever so often the case), give Newsco.me a shot.
Check it out here