How Techi.com Solves the Problem of Geeks on a Schedule
It’s hard being a geek. You have to keep up with all of the things happening in the tech world but you don’t have the time to sort through it all. There are literally hundreds of valid sources of news. A good feedreader can’t handle all of the sources without muddying the water and the standard news aggregators just don’t quite get what we need.
Then, there’s Techi. It’s a project that we’ve worked on for a couple of years now and it’s reached its culminating state of being the ultimate source for the most relevant tech news out there. There are others out there that work fine. Google News has a nice Technology section that doesn’t get updated nearly enough (strange, considering that it’s Google, but what are you going to do?). Techmeme has always been an excellent source but their leaning towards the business side of tech means that much of their news is about rich people or big companies giving lots of money to startups.
Reddit, HackerNews, and Slashdot have the social aspect cornered. Their challenge – they “like” some sites and tend to not like others. The politics within the community are part of what make them strong, but it’s also what keeps some of the most important or interesting news from rising to the point of visibility.
This is where Techi comes in. Yes, it’s a chronologically ordered list of links with some original content worked in, but that’s not what makes it special. The real juice comes from the style of selection. The stories are sorted by editors who try to find the definitive source on a subject regardless of the domain. Just because Techcrunch runs a story doesn’t mean that Hot Hardware doesn’t have a better variation. Unlike Google News, which gives preference to the high traffic sites, or Techmeme, which favors some sites and dismisses most, Techi digs deep into the stories. The editors read the options and determine which one is going to be the best source for the particular topic at hand.
Each story gets a brief lead that either tells the gist of the story in a sentence or two or leads into the bulk of the story if there’s a need to elaborate in order to do the story justice. All of the stories are sourced properly – there’s no scraping and posting like so many other aggregators do. If the best content is on Techdirt, that’s where the reader is directed.
Finally, it’s a 24-hour site. There’s no east-coast/west-coast. There’s no time zone limitation at all. The best tech news around the world is monitored and revealed 24-hours per day, 7-days per week, 365-days per year. Somebody is watching at all times.
There’s serious tech news. There’s offbeat stuff. There are plenty of videos and just the right amount of original content written by some of the same people that contribute to Soshable. It’s a winning mix that can help any geek (or non-geek) get just the right amount of tech news every single day.