Trove, News.me join growing list of news aggregators
By Joel Mathis, Macworld
The New York Timesand Washington Postlaunched competing news aggregation services this week, late old-media arrivals to a field dominated—in the iOS universe anyway—by pioneers like
On Thursday, the Times launched
News.me, one day after the Post‘s new
Trove service. Both offer users news and headlines based on their social media preferences—but in slightly different ways.
There, News.me plucks selected headlines from your Twitter feed—the Twitter account is required—and displays them in a vertical list of headlines and short summaries. If the news from your Twitter feed is less-than-scintillating, News.me offers a list of “featured users” whose news-heavy feeds might be worth following. (Somewhat amusing: The featured users include
Arianna Huffington, who has been
sharply criticized by Times editor Bill Keller for her
Huffington Post’s aggregation activities.) Overall, the user experience of News.me feels like Flipboard, but without as many customization options or the cool magazine-style user interface.
Trove takes a different approach. For one thing, it’s free: No subscription fees are required at this point. It’s also not quite as tied to mobile devices—there is the iPhone app (with an iPad version reportedly on the way) but it
also lives independently on the Web. The service connects to Facebook, and draws from pages you have “liked” there to create news channels reflecting your interests. It is more versatile than News.me, though, offering users the ability to easily add channels based on their other interests. But while News.me offers users a choice between reading an article directly on its Web page or in a “streamlined”
Readability-style view, Trove offers only the Web option.
News.me is a free download—though it comes with the aforementioned subscription costs—and compatible with iPads running iOS 3.2 or later. Trove is also free, and compatible with devices running iOS 3.1.3 or later.