The internet has changed the world of news content creation, distribution & discovery.
Phenomenons such as blogs, Twitter, Google News, RSS feeds & Facebook have fueled
a. the amount of content (1 billion tweet per week on twitter in march 2011)
c. the discovery of content (40% of users come through refferals linking to the news site, Google News beeing responsible for around 30% in the US)
Still, no company has solved the problem to read news on all devices, discover new relevant sources and stay up-to-date with the preferred topics across different devices. Probably, there might never be one company combining all these services (maybe Google with News, Reader & Android) – so I combine what’s there today.
That’s how I do it:
For aggregation of news via RSS feeds, I use Google reader. Every news source is saved in a folder of interest (e.g. SponsorPay, Global News, Start-up Scene Germany, Berlin Events, Tech News etc.). The advantage is to have one central place. Folders are necessary for cross device usage (see below).
I read news on my iPad & iPhone and use Flipboard (iPad) and Pulse (iPhone as there is no Flipboard yet). Both offer a pretty time efficient way to add your Google reader folders as a section, so basically they are a Google ready, but with a much nice display and the opportunity to interact with the news (to like, comment stuff).
On top of my Google folders, I add sources such as Twitter for discovery & Facebook content reasons.
The missing part right now is a great RSS feed from Quora, but I’m sure they’re working on it.