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With Kickstarter introducing tags at the beginning of the year, it’s easier to search for interesting projects on the site. You can also search for interesting projects on the Kickstarter Discover tab. From there you can check out the Staff Picks, Popular projects, recently launched projects, projects that are ending soon, small projects, most funded projects, and curated pages. The last category features projects selected by the likes of Make, TED and Sundance.
That said, you shouldn’t limit yourself to just looking for new projects on Kickstarter itself. We’ve come up with a list of seven ways to discover interesting and new projects on Kickstarter before anyone else does.
Kicktraq is a great site that lists new and interesting Kickstarter projects. You can browse the latest projects, projects within 80% of achieving their goal, projects that pledge 5% of their profits back to the Kickstarter community, or by specific tags. Kicktraq is more than just a great way to discover interesting Kickstarter projects — if you’re launching a project of your own on Kickstarter, you can use the site to track how your own crowdfunding efforts are going with your own set of analytics. And Kicktraq could send quite a bit of traffic your way.
Kicktraq is also a handy way to access RSS feeds so you can keep up with the latest coming out of Kickstarter using your RSS reader of choice. (We’d recommend Feedly if you’re still on the lookout for a decent RSS reader.) You can also drill down to specific types of projects for your RSS feed. For example, want to keep up with the latest technology projects on Kickstarter, use this link.
Twitter is a great place to discover all sorts of things and Kickstarter is certainly no exception. Just search with #Kickstarter and you’ll find all sorts of listings that you might otherwise miss. If you want to make your search results even more specific add keywords that are of interest to you. So for example, if you’re on the lookout for Kickstarter photography projects, just add photography to your search terms.
Faveoly describes itself as a site that “presents great new products.” The site features a new product on a daily basis, offering an entirely curated experience when it comes to finding interesting Kickstarter projects. Faveoly isn’t limited just to Kickstarter. While the majority of the projects featured do come from the giant crowdsourcing site, you can also find interesting projects that were submitted to IndieGogo and RocketHub. If you’ve got your own project going, you can submit it to be featured on the site.
If you want to discover projects on the go, you can use the official Kickstarter app, available for iOS. While you’re limited to the search functions that are available on the site itself — the fact that you can look up stuff on the go makes it easy to keep up with Kickstarter no matter where you are. With the Kickstarter app, as is the case with the site, you can keep up with the latest projects, staff picks, popular projects, and even projects that were launched nearby. You can also view your results by category.
On the Kickstarter subReddit, you can keep up with all things Kickstarter. While you’ll find people sharing links to their Kickstarter projects, as well as other recommended projects, it will also open your eyes to some of the Kickstarter scams out there, which should make you a more savvy Kickstarter backer.
While you can’t subscribe to RSS feeds for specific categories on Kickstarter, you can at least subscribe to the feed of Recommended Projects. That said, there are ways to get around it. One way is to simply use the Kicktraq RSS feed to the category of your choice. Even better, you can use Yahoo Pipes to generate an RSS feed for exactly what you want to find on the crowdfunding site.
You can then put those RSS feeds to work for you, using either an RSS reader, or better yet, use a service like IFTTT to get notifications for specific new projects you want to hear about first. You’ll find there are all sorts of recipes already created by other IFTTT users. This recipe, for example, notifies you of new hardware tech projects on Kickstarter by email when they’re posted.
We write about Kickstarter a lot on MakeUseOf — letting you know about the latest that’s coming out of the site. We also highlight specific projects that we think you should know about in our series, the Gadgets and Games of Kickstarter. Keep an eye out for recommended projects divided into three categories– up-and-comers, contenders, and winners.
Be sure to check out other recommendations we’ve made like this list of five Kickstarter funded games you’ll want to play in 2014 and our spotlight on Kickstarter project Pocket Spacecraft.
How do you discover interesting Kickstarter projects to fund? Let us know in the comments.