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Bitly News

Shortened URL News Aggregator

Published 12/13/2010 and rated Ratingstars3 3 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
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What can you use the app for?

Bitly News provides an overview of popular news stories and current events. The basic design makes it easy for visitors to quickly scan headlines and gather the information they need. Bitly News works through Bitly Clicks. The application accesses Bitly Links on Twitter. This works in real time. As Bitly News picks up news stories, it posts them to the homepage. Stories are scored so that the most clicked on articles are moved to the top of the list. Bitly News also maintains a chronological list in case users want to view by date rather than popularity. Users can visit Bitly News to find out what is going on in the world and which stories are getting the most attention.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Bitly News was founded by Jeff Miller as an independent project (not affiliated with Bitly). Bitly News was awarded the first prize in Bitly’s 2010 API contest. It was also featured on TechCrunch in December of 2010. The simple, easy to use approach to compiling relevant news stories has made Bitly News a popular choice for many regular internet users.

What are the differences to other apps?

There are more places to read news stories on the internet than any one user could browse in a single sitting. Some of these simply grab headlines from a few major news sources and call it a day. Bitly News actually offers stories based on popularity, updating a stories position based on number of clicks. Users can also review stories by date, which makes Bitly News a flexible option for users to get their daily news fix.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

The design of Bitly News is very simple. In fact, it really doesn’t get any simpler than the homepage. The user is greeted by a white background and long list of news stories. Each entry includes the headline (prominently displayed in black) along with the source, number of Bitly News points and discussion link in grey. Users can sort by new, comments or leaders using the simple links at the top of the homepage. There is little else of note on the page. This may sound extremely bland, but it works well from the user’s stand point.

How does the registration process work?

Bitly News users can create an account by clicking the black “login” link at the top right hand corner of the homepage. The registration and login form is just as simple as the rest of the website. Under the “Create Account” header, the user is asked for a username and password. After entering the information, the user can click the grey and black “create account” button. As soon as the information is submitted, the user is taken back to the homepage and account creation is complete.

What does it cost to use the application?

Bitly News offers a helpful service, but it is not one that would warrant a subscription fee. Anyone can check out the site without an account. Registering is also free so there is no cost associated with using Bitly News. The site contains no advertisements either, which could give it an edge among users (along with the free access, of course).

Who would you recommend the application to?

Bitly News is a great resource for anyone who frequently reads news articles online. The simplicity of the site and clutter free atmosphere makes it ideal for users with minimal time. Anyone can quickly stop by the website and check out current news stories. The user has the option of logging in but it is not a requirement to access the list of stories.

  • Read a list of recent news stories
  • View news stories chronologically or in order of popularity
  • Check out user discussions for each news story
  • Create an account for free
  • Access news story lists without logging in

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