How many times have you said this: “I read this article the other day [insert brief pause], well, I skimmed a headline, and….” After such a statement, you then assume entitlement to having understood the article in its entire complexity; you think that you’re the expert on the subject. Even if you briefly reviewed the headline through your Twitter stream.
Of course you have; you’re a millennial. We don’t read, we skim. We sort through massive amounts of current events, pop culture, scholarly/academic, work-related and Kardashian news, and have to file it away in our brains in a way that makes sense. Furthermore, we have to appear well-read, even if we’re only superficially so.
To be able to stay up to speed with your pretentious news-seeking-and-aggregating self, these apps will help you horde – and briefly skim – the news most important to you.
This social newsfeed reader pulls content from all of your social platforms – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, news sites, blogs – and creates a convenient, at-a-glance stream. You can let the app do the work for you, or you can choose to “DJ” your content, where you can place importance on certain sources and topics. And, because it’s basically a social enabler itself, you can share your news pieces via Twitter, Facebook, etc.
Trove (iPhone and Android)
This app’s claim to fame is that it allows you to personalize your news. While staying informed on the topics that interest you, it pulls content from 10,000+ sources – blogs, news sites, etc. The key piece of this puzzle is that editors sort through the content to match the results to your best – even niche – interests. Get this, kids: it’s even available for BlackBerry.
A smart app that aggregates news relevant to you and your interests, creating a “personalized magazine.” But here’s the kicker: it pulls in photos, too – Instragram and others. There’s no question as to why it has been named Apple’s iPad App of the year and one of TIME’s Top 50 Innovations.
Google Currents (iPhone and Android)
A personalized magazine of your social interests, all pulled into one interface in a simple and aesthetically pleasing way. You can choose between three different editions, including Publisher, which pulls content from outlets such as Fast Company, TechCrunch, Saveur, etc.; Google trending, which integrates Google search technology; and favorites, which grabs content form your fave blogs and feeds.
You follow tons of people on Twitter, but don’t necessarily have time to stay current on their tweets, articles and opinion-sharing. While skimming your Twitter feed will forever continue to be a common form of news gathering in brevity, this app will aggregate the “best” stories from your stream, and send you a daily email with its findings. Sure, this New York Times and bit.ly co-created app is only available for iPad owners, but nevertheless, it’s a nice little life value-add. Note: some have said that it’s a little biased in its news-sourcing.