NewsCred garnered quite a bit of attention in its initial private beta launch where ReadWriteWeb was considered by its users to be one of the most credible news sources to read. With less than 20% of readers really believing what their news sources are saying, NewsCred aims to be the solution to this particular problem. With plenty of sources to choose from, we're taking a look at what's new with NewsCred and why it may be the best news aggregator yet.
A Credible Dashboard
NewsCred aims to help users find the most credible content and news sources across the web. In doing so, the service aggregates content from some of the best newspapers such as the L.A. Times, Wall Street Journal, Economist.com, CNN, The Washington Post and tons more. They also feature content from various prestigious blogs including ReadWriteWeb, CenterNetworks, BoomTown, Digital Daily, and more. You can select your choice of sources and have your NewsCred dashboard only display news from your selections.
To Credit or Not to Credit
All news is sorted by the source's credibility. To credit a source, simply head to the source's page by clicking on the name of the source, and you'll be presented with an option to credit or discredit the source. You'll also be able to get a graph of the source's credibility trend at the bottom of the page. Overall, it's relatively easy to credit or discredit a source with no limitations or regulations for doing so.
NewsCred has a ton of great new features. For one, there's a complete dashboard redesign with more content to consume. In fact, the homepage reminds me a lot of Feedly, an RSS dashboard. Other new features include:
- Topics (automatically generated news pages)
- Related Topics using Semantic technology (co-occurence)
- Breaking News section
While we like that for once, things can be based off of quality instead of popularity with NewsCred, we're having a tough time overlooking the fact that it's a free for all ratings fest. I can credit or discredit a source or article on a whim and not suffer any consequences for it. There could be some serious brand demoralizing done at NewsCred with its new public launch. While we'd recommend adding some restrictions for crediting and discrediting sources, we honestly like the service. It's a great dashboard for your news and we fully agree that the sources that are available to choose from could be considered credible.