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.
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.
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
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
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.
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