Friday, January 02, 2009
Feed Chronicle = Customizable Drudge Report
For novice Internet users, Google Reader, RSS feeds and other media tools may seem too foreign to tinker with. Feed Chronicle, "the collaborative newspaper" does all the work for you and arranges your story in a friendly, familiar format.
On Feed Chronicle news sources are determined by the user. The front page is displayed in a three column layout, with tabs for various news topics: World, US, Business, Technology, Entertainment, Sports, Science and Offbeat.
A simple homepage might seem like a suicide design plan for a news site, but plenty of Americans still prefer a simple and straightforward layout, such as Drudge Report. Drudge's dull design has been criticized for years, but the site attracts millions of readers each day and up to 7 billion each year.
Essentially, the publishers of Feed Chronicle devised a personal version of Drudge Report and gave more control to the reader. A customizable layout scheme allows each member to choose five different sources for each news segment of their online "paper".For a lighthearted, satirical source, you can choose the Onion. Other news sources include:
I was pleased by the two-step registration process, and within 10 minutes, I completed my custom "newspaper."
Here's my list of pros and cons for the beta version of Feed Chronicle.
- Customizable news layout.
- Easy interface- which caters to its target market.
- Multiple news categories.
- Lack of sources for certain sections, including sports and science.
There's still room for improvement, but I think the minds at launched Feed Chronicle may have found an ideal site for news junkies.
By Matt O'Hern at 02:58 PM | Comments (1)