Newser

Newser seems interesting. It is a news-gathering site that requires free registration if you want to comment, contribute or receive email alerts.

Its “take” is as follows:

At Newser a team of editors and writers culls the most important stories from hundreds of U.S. and international sources and reduces them to a headline, picture, and two paragraphs. It’s the Newser guarantee: we can take any report or column or video and pack what you need to know into 120 words or less. Newser’s short-form aggregation, visual format, and unique information tools help you get more of the kind of news you want, in a quicker and more entertaining way. And we do it 24/7—you can come back morning, noon, night (and in between) for something new that matters. Read less, know more.

I have just registered as an experiment and will comment further, if needed, on its alert functions (I don’t plan on commenting or contributing at this time . . . .). Not sure if they would be facing copyright concerns or not. They appear to be summarizing articles from various news sources.

Comments

  1. Ted, it looks as though they’re having news stories crudely rewritten. For example, the story about the French Muslim man who complained about his unvirgin bride actually involved annulment, but the Newser story has it as divorce. Similar infelicities in other stories suggest down-and-dirty rewriting.

  2. Ted, I use Newser multiple times per week. The brief rewrites of the news articles is what attracts me to the site. I don’t believe them to be infringing upon copyrights, as they provide the link and credit to the original news source, and the story is rewritten. It is handy if you are a busy career person that wants to keep up-to-date and informed about news worthy stories that may come up during daily conversations. My friend, whom turned me on to Newser, really enjoys their iPhone site.

  3. Hi Ted,
    Thanks for registering. We’d love to hear your thoughts about the site. Also, we’re always looking for Newser users that might be interested in joining the Newser Product Council to give us feedback on ideas we have to make the website even better. If you’re interested in joining our Product Council, drop me a note (bmachion@newser.com) with your Newser username and I’ll add you to the list. Thanks again and enjoy Newser!

  4. An other language (french), an other approach (more textual), an other Newser…