Aggregators are computer software or websites that can bring together information from multiple online sources. For example a news aggregator will collate information from other news sources or a review aggregator will collate reviews of films or products.
RSS: Really Simple Syndication
Whenever you see the icon above this means that you can subscribe to news feeds from this particular website or blog. You can read these feeds using an RSS Reader, examples of which I’ve given below. The reader will aggregate all of the feeds you subscibe to and present them as headlines and an into to the new information. The advantage of this is that you don’t need to keep checking for updates, the reader will collate them for you and you can then read them at a time convenient to you. Common Craft have created a RSS in Plain English video that helps to explain this further
Google Reader aggregates the RSS feeds you choose to subscribe to and brings them together in one place.
iGoogle is one of my favourites. Here you can view a variety of different tools all on page. You choose what you want to add. This might include Google reader, the news headlines from the BBC or newspapers of your choice, a calendar, clock(s) GMT and international time zones, currency converter, dictionery and much more.
Pageflakes allows you to create a social personalised webpage often referred to as a dashboard. Here you can choose to bring together a variety of useful resources. These may include for example a calendar, the weather, BBC newsfeed, RSS feeds, bookmarks.
Netvibes is another dashboard that allows you to aggregate feeds of your choice on to one page.
News.me finds the best stories from your Twitter stream and sends you a daily digest by email. You can also follow other people’s digests. There is the option in settings to create a Read Later bookmarklet and to send any tweets you favourite to this list.
NewsCred is a quick way to gather news on topics of interest to you. Search for your own topics or select from world, politics, technology, business, sports or entertainment. Then share your newspaper via Twitter or email.
Paper.li gathers the tweets of people you follow and creates an online newspaper. You can set an alert to tweet a link to your Paper.li daily or weekly.
Summify aggregates the most popular news within your social media streams. You can choose to connect Twitter, Facebook and Google. The content which has been retweeted, liked or favourited is aggregated together into one stream for you to read and share if you wish to.