We live in an age where information is a prime need just next to food. Perhaps, that also explains the surfeit of news apps and portals that are spilling over the edges, each vying for our attention. News junkies never had it so good. Now, even the term ‘current news’ is old-hat. It is all real-time now or none at all.
Of course, now it’s the web which is the source for real-time news streaming. TV channels have traffic to contend with. So, now you have everything from Twitter to interesting web apps that let you create your own personalized news streams. Content mining is no longer a problem for the layman. It’s being done for him. If it’s real time news you are looking for in a stream, look into XSOAR.
XSOAR Is a Real Time Stream of News
New apps are taking news visual and XSOAR is another nice example of it. XSOAR is a free social news application that keeps you interested from the second you land on the homepage. Most probably it is the interface which grabs your whimsical fancy as it is quite unlike any serious news app you have seen so far.
The news is constantly refreshing and changing before your eyes have had the chance to digest even one byte of information. You need to slow down the stream that’s flowing before your eyes, and you do that with the vertical slider on the right side of the page as drag it anywhere from fastest – faster – fast – regular – slow – slower. The ‘slow’ spot suits me just fine because I want to enjoy the news and the visual layout it is wrapped up in.
Before that let’s sign-up.
Pick any four areas of interest from the topics provided. Good! I don’t have to bother with email verification and I am allowed in through straight to view the first four streams of topics I had selected.
Now, I can customize the news streams further so the XSOAR interface feels just right for reading real-time news. There are seven buttons on top of each feed columns which become visible when you click the little gear icon.
They control various aspects of the feed. For instance, if you click the Lock icon, a topic feed can’t be minimized when you open other topics. Topics are the categories of news you see on the top bar of XSOAR.
The Interesting Bits about XSOAR
At XSOAR, you not only read news with the help of the constantly refreshing feed but you also submit your own news story by giving the URL and a photo or video if available. This is synced across all other readers on the site in real-time.
XSOAR turns news consumption into social gamesmanship too by giving you opportunities to win points and redeem them for higher privileges. Each story has a score. You can submit news stories, vote on stories by liking and disliking them, and comment away on the site to bump up your rank.
You can search for a particular news item by using the search bar on XSOAR. XSOAR creates a real time news streaming feed or whatever is available using the keyword you type in. You can also create extra topics provided you have enough credits in your account. This is where participating on the site helps as it allows you these extra privileges. Keep checking your credit score from the account settings (the settings icon on the lower right of the page).
You can combine topics to create a single stream of feed:
If you are a news junkie, then XSOAR could be slightly addictive. I am here for a while since I signed on and it makes for a refreshing change from the relative static ways of a feed reader. Apps like Flipboard and XSOAR are making news ‘grabbing’ a bit more enjoyable. Even when it comes to news, the fun is in the experience…and then the content. Wouldn’t you agree? Give us your take on XSOAR. Or tell us about any other interesting news app you have come across lately.
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