New aggregation technology has solved the problem of news monitoring. When news aggregators arrived, the usual checking of news updates from one website to another was simplified and expedited.
A news aggregator is a tool or system that collects news content from different sources. Today, there are several news aggregation sites that people can use to get the latest news. Although it is web-based, aggregators can also be used in web browsers, email applications, or it can be a desktop application.
Software-based aggregators are installed in Web browsers and messaging applications to provide news updates directly to these applications, which can be viewed in a panel composition. In this way, a user must subscribe to an RSS feed integrated with the websites. Updates to these sites are then sent to the email browser, email application, or the desktop application of the aggregator itself.
Although this seems to be a good technology, it still poses various problems. Here is some:
Some news aggregation sites have unorganized news content. To solve this problem, these sites may use a system that automatically categorizes news content into appropriate news categories (national, global, criminal, political, environmental, etc.). This will help users immediately find their favorite stories.
Sources of information are misleading. This can be attributed to broken links or simply links that do not direct users to the right story. Aggregation Web sites collect their content manually; therefore, sufficient attention should be given to data collection to avoid errors.
In the case of subscriptions to web feeds, sometimes a person can receive a large amount of news content, especially if they subscribed to many sites. Although he can always unsubscribe from his feeds (and if all are relevant), he can use the tagging system. He can tag his feeds with keywords so that they can be sorted and organized. In this way, he can easily find what article he wants to open and read. This process is called flow filtering.
Other problems encountered by users are:
* News aggregation sites do not contain local information (unlike others), and community news is rarely included in the list.
* In the case of RSS feeds, other websites do not support RSS feeds.
* All software-based aggregators are not free.
* All software-based aggregators do not support any operating system.
* Aggregators based on free software are muddled with banner ads, which are quite distracting.
In the midst of all this, one thing is certain. News aggregators will be a trend especially because technological advances are favored by many people.