Have you ever been online looking for information on a recent news topic and been overwhelmed with trying to decide which news website to go to that will give you the best information? I know I have. Have you ever found news websites hard to maneuver around, and just too busy and unorganized? I know I have. And have you ever wished there was a way to consolidate all the information you wanted to know into ONE site? I definitely have.
Newser answers all of the questions. It was founded by Michael Wolf a few years ago, the earliest news seeming to have been provided in early 2007. It was founded on the basis that with hundreds of news sites online, how can a reader decipher what they should be reading? Newser prides itself on dissecting all of the various news websites and finding the most important and influential news at the time. On top of this, the editors and contributors compile summaries of the news they feel is the most significant, basically making news very comprehensible as well as fast and easy to read, “Read less, know more.” Newser is also unique. It takes articles from unknown websites and makes them more noticeable in the “Off the Grid” section.
The great thing for Newser is there competition only lies in all of the other news websites out there. Why is this great? Because Newser is the only site that incorporates all of the websites from Wall Street Journal, BBC, and Washington Post, to People and TMZ. Their competition is very limited because of how hard they work to integrate the most important news from all of the various news websites people look at on a daily basis. The Newser staff stresses that they work hard to offer news that is free of bias, and reading the summaries regarding certain news topics the reader can tell that they are making a large effort to only report the facts of daily news. Every day there around 100 news briefs added. The home page is set up in a grid from, with each block having a news story with a picture and headline. Newser gives a 21st century twist different from regular online news by adding unique images and video clips to One of the things that I found most distinctive and interesting about this tool is that you can customize it to only show the news that you are interested in. You can say how often you want the “News Grid” to be updated, as well as control the amount of stories you want to be able to see at once.
The widget itself can show up to nine stories at a time and you can customize it at any point to include what you want to be seeing more of. Newser has done well because its user base is extremely broad. Entertainment news, political and economic news, international news, and incorporating social issues make this a site that is useful for almost anyone. On top of this, their slogan of “Read less, know more,” is going to gain the attention of people like me who want to read about important things in the news, but either don’t have time or don’t want to have to sift through pages upon pages of news to find what I am looking for. Instead I want to have brief yet concise information about the issue at hand, and that is what Newser does.
Newser made finding information on the Israel and Palestine conflict extremely easy. There is a section on Newser titled “Sections” in which each category of topics is there. The topics that apply to this conflict are “Politics” and “World”. When you click on these topics Newser supplies you with the most recent and popular information from hundreds of news websites. When I clicked on these sections I began to sift through the headlines and see if there was anything that applied to Israel and Palestine, but this takes time, and it is more for people who are just looking to find general information about things going on around the world. So instead I just searched “Israel Palestine”. In doing this there were over one hundred hits related to this topic from an array of news sources. New York Times, Daily Telegraph, Los Angeles Times, Associated Press, and that is only to name a few. On top of this, there is a summary under each of the headlines that tells you exactly what is discussed in the article, and I found some of the best briefings I have ever seen. After clicking on the one headline, “Israel Turns Right-And Away From America”, I read the summary and then found that on top of this, if the summary wasn’t enough for me, there was the link so that I could go read the actual article on the Associate Press website. After reading the summary, at the bottom of the page there was a button that said “Receive email alerts for: Israel Palestine.” Newser is very organized, and is set up in a way to allow a user to customize it in a way that no other news-based website permits.
Newser really does give the facts, and only the facts. The summaries are not only specific and detailed, but they are more helpful than reading an article in a newspaper that has so much rhetoric that it takes too much time to understand the point the writer is trying to make. It does something no other news site does, it gives you the information that YOU want to read about. Newser doesn’t create its own news, it takes from other news websites but gives you the information in a straightforward and direct way, and more importantly is easy to comprehend. Newser is designed for readers to get news in a faster and more efficient manner, and I have used Newser to find information on Israel and Palestine in this way. I like feeling in control of what I read, and being able to customize what I see and what I don’t. The organization and incorporation of such a plethora of news sites makes this a tool I will continue to use for a very long time, even for the purpose of just getting quick information on random news across the world to stay informed.
In the slide show I outlined exactly what Newser is. Compared to other widgets out there, I don't feel like Newser has very many flaws. It would be considered a relatively new tool since it has only been around for a few years, but it is one that has developed extremely quickly. The support it has by big name companies, as well as prominent news sites demonstrates how much of an asset people consider it to be. It has definitely been helpful to me with regards to my recent research on Israel and Palestine, but on top of that it has made it so much easier to find what I am looking for.
This isn't just a widget that I found, I actually use it on a daily basis. The concept of Newser is extremely creative. I used to have "The WallStreet Journal" as my homepage, and now I just use Newser. Most importantly, the ability to keep the summaries relatively unbiased and direct is exactly what I want from the news, and that is what Newser supplies.
Being in control of what you read and see is something I feel like everyone looks for. The way Newser is organized, it is fun to be able to pick and choose exactly what news you view, and more importantly which websites you want to be seeing news from.
I would recommend Newser to absolutely anyone. It is a beneficial source of information for a large amount of people. This tool is only going to continue to grow and become more popular as time goes by.
Read less. Know more.