“The future does not fit in the containers of the past.” — Rishad Tobaccowala
A news aggregator is a website that takes information from multiple sources and displays it in a single place. For example Talking Technology, curated content shared weekly here on Illuminated Living.
Users are now engaging news aggregators across an array of subject areas. Aggregators help with information overload, and gives users one centralized source for news and content.
Users should be aware of a few known pitfalls.
- Misleading Headlines
- Broken Links
- Unorganized or Cluttered Content
- Most Aggregators Cater to National and International News (Local News is often overlooked)
This week Flipboard launches a new "Tech" section. Companies like Flipboard, Techmeme, Digg and Feedly are proof that News Aggregators are the future of news as we know it.
So what are the best practices and legal ramifications of curated content and aggregators?
Whitepaper by Kimberly Isbell The Rise of the News Aggregator: Legal Implications and Best Practices Berkman Center Research Publication No. 2010-10 is an excellent quick read.