News aggregators: problems and solutions
News aggregation technology has solved the problem of news monitoring. When news aggregators arrived, the usual checking for news updates from one website to another was made easier and faster.
A news aggregator is a tool or system that collects news content from different new sources. Today there are several news aggregation sites that people can use to get the latest news. While this is web based, aggregators can also be used in web browsers, email apps, or it can be a desktop app.
Software aggregators are installed in web browsers and email applications to provide updates directly to those applications, which can be viewed in a panel layout. In this way, a user has to subscribe to an RSS feed, which is built into websites, and then updates from those sites are sent to their email browser, email app, or desktop app. of the aggregator itself.
While this sounds like good tech, it is still plagued with various issues. Here is some:
Some news aggregation sites have unorganized news content. To solve this problem, these sites can use a system that automatically categorizes news content into its appropriate news categories (national, global, criminal, political, environmental, etc.). This will help users find their favorite stories immediately.
The sources of information are misleading. This can be attributed to broken links or just links that don’t direct users to the correct story. Aggregation websites collect their content manually. Therefore, sufficient attention should be given to data collection to avoid errors.
In the case of web feed subscriptions, there are times when a person may receive a large volume of topical content, especially if they have subscribed to many sites. While he can always unsubscribe from his feeds – and if all are relevant feeds – he can use the tagging system instead. He can tag his feeds with keywords so that he can sort and organize them. This way he can easily find which article he wants to open and read. This process is called stream filtering.
Other issues that users face are:
* News aggregation sites do not have local news (although others do) or community news is rarely included in the list.
* In the case of RSS feeds, other websites do not support RSS.
* Not all software aggregators are free.
* Not all software aggregators support operating systems.
* Freeware based aggregators are mixed with banner ads which is quite distracting.
In the midst of it all, one thing is certain. News aggregators will be a trend, especially as technological advancements are favored by many people.