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most popular online contentThere is an overwhelming amount of information on the Internet, whether you’re getting it through your RSS reader, through Twitter, Facebook or from your favourite website. Aggregators aim to make filtering through the most popular online content just a little bit easier, whether it’s based on your own personal preferences, or simply based on what’s popular on certain social networking sites.

There’s no denying the popularity of sites like Digg and StumbleUpon, but there are a ton of other options available, each with an interesting twist, whether it’s in the way the content is presented, or by gathering popular content from specific social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook.

Find The Most Popular Online Content With The Bus Ride

The Bus Ride is an aggregator of sorts that gives you a simple and unique way to navigate through information on your preferred topics, much like being on a bus and going from one stop to the next.

The Bus Ride frontpage features popular stories from all around the web in a variety of categories. You can choose to display different types of stories, from the newest, to the most creative, entertaining and educational. You can also browse through specific categories such as News, Products, Sports, Technology and Travel.

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Selecting any given story, you will then be taken on a route of sorts. Each stop consists of a post related to that story from a different website. So opening up a post on “alternatives to the iPad” takes you to an article on Wired, with the next stop on Engadget, followed by The Huffington Post.

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By the end of the route, you should know all that you ever wanted to know about alternatives to the iPad.

You can also search for any topic and The Bus Ride will create a personalised route for you to discover articles, videos from YouTube, Wikipedia entries, Gowalla posts, and much more.

Each route consists of 6 stops. Repeating the same search for a personalised route will sometimes result in new content for you to read, although some of it is repeated.

As you go through your routes, you can earn stamps. The stamps are displayed on your Facebook profile, and require that you connect to your Facebook account. Connecting to your Facebook account also allows you  to comment on and ‘like’ posts from a sidebar directly within The Bus Ride.

Find Interesting Content On Twitter With ReStream

ReStream makes it easy to filter through the abundance of information available on Twitter.

What makes ReStream particularly useful is that you have complete control over what kind of information is included in your stream.

Setting up your stream of content couldn’t be easier. After connecting to your Twitter account, you can enter as many keywords or tags as you like. If there are more tags that you want to add at a later date, you can do so by going into your profile settings.

You also have the choice of importing your Twitter favourites as a means of further personalising the content that will be made available to you. You can then look at the Recommended Reading tab based on the tags that you entered when first setting up your account.

Articles can be marked as read, and are also accompanied by ‘comments,’ so you can see who has mentioned these articles on Twitter.

Using ReStream, you can also look through your own Twitter stream, and it will feature select tweets from the people you follow, you can browse content by popularity, or certain featured categories.

Find Interesting Content On Facebook With ItsTrending

ItsTrending is like a Digg of sorts for Facebook, and the best part is that you don’t actually need a Facebook account to benefit from it.

Using this site, you can easily find the most popular online content such as news, tech and sports stories, along with popular videos and images that are being shared on the social networking site.

The front page features the top 5 stories in each category.

Opening up any given category will show a list of the most popular stories with a counter for how many times each post has been shared on Facebook.

If you are logged into Facebook, it will allow you to comment  on and ‘like’ stories directly from ItsTrending.

How do you find interesting content from around the web? Let us know in the comments.

Image credit: Svilen Milev

  1. SharedLikes
    May 22, 2010 at 4:13 am

    Hi Nancy,

    We have created a similiar site to itstrending.com called SharedLikes.com but with a search function as a feature – handy for webmasters to look up their site quickly to find out which of their web pages are popular on Facebook eg. http://www.sharedlikes.com/cgi-bin/sitelikes?activity=makeuseof.com

    Thought this might be useful to this topic..

    cheers,
    Glen @ Sharedlikes.com

  2. Jack Thompson
    May 22, 2010 at 2:45 am

    Itstrending shows like 8 links per category from like 3 domains, this is abysmally small. A just launched service at http://myprops.org/fbshared/ or http://fbshared.com also ranks Facebook most shared, but has about 1,000 times the amount of content from like 100 times the number of domains ... and has the ability to sort by most shared recently, most shared of all time, or newest.

  3. Jack Thompson
    May 22, 2010 at 12:45 am

    Itstrending shows like 8 links per category from like 3 domains, this is abysmally small. A just launched service at http://myprops.org/fbshared/ or http://fbshared.com also ranks Facebook most shared, but has about 1,000 times the amount of content from like 100 times the number of domains ... and has the ability to sort by most shared recently, most shared of all time, or newest.

  4. Mike
    May 15, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    New company out of Israel has a great aggregator the learns what you like it's called Genieo. http://www.genieo.com. I have been using it for a couple of days now and it is very cool!

  5. Mike
    May 15, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    New company out of Israel has a great aggregator the learns what you like it's called Genieo. http://www.genieo.com. I have been using it for a couple of days now and it is very cool!

  6. TQuizzle
    May 12, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    Nice list Nancy. There were a couple here I didn't know about. Thanks!

  7. John
    May 11, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    Nothing better than jimmyr.com

    • Genie
      May 18, 2010 at 12:48 am

      Hi,I'm a big fan of Jimmyr. he's the best.I'm so glad you recommended him/it.Good Job!

  8. John
    May 12, 2010 at 12:50 am

    Nothing better than jimmyr.com

  9. Registry Cleaner
    May 11, 2010 at 11:12 am

    These days Twitter is also gaining momentum. Why not use that to get good content?

  10. Nat Jay
    May 11, 2010 at 4:07 am

    I like 'The Bus Ride'. It's a great addition to the different sites I use to gather information. It's also interesting to see the number of new apps that have come up to capitalize on twitter and Facebook info, specially through trending topics.

  11. Greg Gomer
    May 11, 2010 at 2:38 am

    I have been using Pinyadda, it actually delivers what I want to read not just what the masses read. And they are constantly expanding their library of trusted sources.

    • nm
      May 11, 2010 at 6:49 am

      Thanks for the suggestion - it looks interesting. Will definitely check it out.

  12. Anonymous
    May 10, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    Reddit is what I use.. It's better than Digg and Stumbleupon :)

    • Aibek
      May 12, 2010 at 8:36 am

      Second Reddit

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