I recently found a new news aggregation site called Hubsess… It works similar to Bloglines or Google Reader or other online RSS feed readers, but has a more low-tech feel with the concept of “newspapers”. Though I’m not sure it will take off, it’s an interesting approach.
Basically you create a “hub” for a person, place, or thing, and then relate your hub to other hubs, creating a network of hubs about particular topics.
According to their FAQ, what makes Hubsess different than other sites is:
Hubsess allows you to get the news you want, while skipping the news you don’t want. Hubsess gets news from two sources. Users can submit news stories, and tag them to hubs. Users can also submit an RSS feed and get Hubsess will automatically add stories from that RSS feed to a Hub’s news.
Hubsess allows ordinary people to write news stories on their blog, and submit them to Hubsess. This means that you no longer have to rely on traditional media sources for your your news.
Hubsess also allows you to vote on stories. Each story will have a score. That score will go up and down, depening on user’s votes. This score will help other users decide whether a story is a good read, or something they should pass on. Users also can discuss a story.
As far as I can tell, it’s not the most exciting site on the web, but another option when trying to make relationships with readers/viewers. I’m hoping that their interface gets much cleaner. It has a very old-fashioned web page kind of vibe to it, as opposed to Bloglines and Google Reader, which are both very Web 2.0.
Will this help or hinder your marketing efforts? Probably neither — it’s just one more site to be aware of on the edge of your radar.
Until next time! Keep blogging!