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All the News March 12, 2006

Posted by Michael McVey in Information, Online Tools.
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map   I discovered an interesting news site at http://www.jeroenwijering.com/whatsup/ called What’s Up. Pop up news icons appear over a stylized dynamic map of the world every ten seconds. Each pop-up contains a link to the news item. I have noticed that many of the links are incorrect or no longer available, so I wonder what their feed is.

A year ago I shared 10 x 10 (http://www.tenbyten.org/10×10.html) which was another way of sharing images and key words from news stories on a ten by ten grid of images. If you ever needed to get a quick glance of what was happening worldwide in the news, both of these tools could provide it.

Although it was possible to click on the news items for more details, users are still limited and controlled by only seeing a limited number of items at a time. I am still wondering if the two projects are more for entertainment purposes than anything else. Intelligent agents that scour the sources of news might be a preferable way of getting news quickly.

My wife visits YahooNews while I look in on GoogleNews and track several blogs. When we meet up at the end of the day, we have conversations about generally the same items. Meanwhile, viewing What’s Up is a mesmerizing experience, the spell only broken when the items begin to repeat. 

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