Big chunk of sites and blogs in tech niche primarily aims at pumping news. Most of them completely suck at it.
What makes good news source? Publisher of such understands:
- what good news are;
- how to deliver them;
- when to shut up.
So what exactly are good news that are worth our time?
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There are few generic types of tech news.
Something has happened (e.g. announcement of new product).
While this is supposed to be most newsworthy, problem is a lot of tech news in this category are false. Products are announced months (years) before estimated release. Some too-good-to-be-true products are actually announced without an intention to release. Chasing newest and most original in tech niche creates stream of news as valuable as soap bubbles. Looks cool though.
Something has changed (e.g. software or hardware update).
News of changes are least exciting but most important. These deal with existing products and relay valuable information how your experience may soon change for better (security improvements) or for worse (product discontinued). News-centric publishers only look at these when they don’t have anything loud to scream. Luckily nature of such news allows to easily get them in nice concentration from non-news-centric sites, such as software portals.
Fun crap (e.g. Google changed favicon).
I won’t even say anything here. Any site that thinks readers are very interested in what favicon Google has should be just erased. Some sites specialize in this sort of new and it is fine. But a lot of publishers just post such crap mindlessly.
The bigger impact news item carries the harder it is to predict and explain. Sites that report anything and everything usually lack specific experience and resources to surround splash with information about waves.
Same news delivered by two sites of different scope and specialization would be completely different. Sites that rely on social submission are especially good at twisting news beyond recognition.
Repeating news turns them into noise very fast. Being first takes a lot of effort and resources most publishers (especially small-scale bloggers) won’t ever have.
Repeating what others had said is no problem at all if you add value in your own way. Repeating what other said hundred times already on the same day is good way to embarrass your resource.
On this blog
From the beginning this blog had bit of anti-news and anti-hype policy. Now I notice that blog does actually fall in news realm at times:
- I am maintaining my software updates feed which is kind of boring but useful news (it has around one tenth of main feed number of subscribers);
- I am covering some minor news when I get it fresh and firsthand, such as Skribit changes.
How do you like your tech news? Are volume and speed only things that matter or you prefer narrow and specialized news streams?
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