There are a half dozen websites I visit every day–often multiple times a day.
Huffington Post– My go-to news source. I’m not proud to say that.
HuffPo represents so much that’s wrong with journalism. There are click bait headlines and lots of stories based on other people’s reporting (it’s gotten better with time). Often HuffPo’s treatment of a story instigates me to go elsewhere for details.
The far left column is opinion from bloggers and celebs. I never click there.
The center column is curated¹ news. Pretty decent lineup. Huffington now has pretty good writing, plus wire service and affiliate access.
The right column is tabloid. There is at least one salacious link to some young hottie “rocking her bikini.” I click those every time. Mission accomplished, Arianna.
Huffington Post has attempted to create an online video channel with live broadcasts through the day. I’ve gone and been quickly bored. Now the main site reuses clips of the broadcasts always attached to buzzfeedish teases.
When I click a HuffPo link and its one of their in-house videos I click away and feel duped! It really ticks me off.
Editorially, HuffPo is left-of-center.
Reddit— A sparse website, Reddit isn’t much more than page-after-page of links. Its power is in customization. Reddit is individually configured. My Reddit favors geeky stories connected to my interests.
Reddit uses a system of voting to promote or ditch stories. It seems effective. I’ve seen comments saying the system gets gamed. Not to me.
The front page is constantly turning over. I like that.
Hacker News— Compared to Hacker News, Reddit looks like Tiger Beat!
This is a current Hacker News headline:
“TurboFan” – Experimental new optimizing compiler for Google’s V8 JS engine (groups.google.com)
Hacker News is owned by Y Combinator.
Y Combinator provides seed funding for startups. Seed funding is the earliest stage of venture funding. It pays your expenses while you’re getting started.
There are many people much nerdier than I on this site. Lots of talk of startups and failures.
Mediaite— This is from Dan Abrams.
From TV green rooms to the corridors of the senate to the latest hashtag revolt, Mediaite.com is a trusted source on the intersection of politics and media across the political spectrum.
There’s plenty from CNN, MSNBC, Fox, CNBC and the others to give Mediaite fresh fodder, though there’s not as much updating on the weekend.
Every night Mediaite produces its own copy of Jon Stewart’s first block bit. I see it nearly three hours before I legitimately see Stewart! Why does Comedy Central allow that?
ROMENESKO— This is Jim Romenesko’s blog. A newsie from St. Paul he’s been gossipping journalism for 15 years. It’s inside baseball for sure, but always entertaining and often illuminating.
Most of Romenesko’s daily news comes in the morning. This is another site that gets very quiet on weekends.
Times change. My most read sites today are different from just a few years ago. Gone (to me) are Slashdot, Digg, Drudge and a few others. Awful Announcing, Mashable and Boy Genius Report are on the rise.
I’d like to know your favorites, but please, ONLY ONE PER COMMENT. The automated spam detection software goes after multiple links in comments. Too many and your comment will never see the light of day. Sorry.
¹ – When did ‘curated’ actually become a word? It works here, but this is a word I never heard until four or five years ago.