Today, we're pleased to announce the launch of Smart Feeds.
This new service from NewsTrust surfaces interesting news stories recommended by hundreds of trusted sources and social news sites -- as well as some of the greatest minds in 'link journalism.' All day long, we collect Twitter news links from people like NYU professor Jay Rosen or Wall Street Journal editor Alan Murray, and triangulate them with news feeds like Aljazeera, BBC, Digg, Huffington Post and NPR, to name but a few. Together, these 'smart feeds' harness the collective intelligence of thousands of professionals and volunteers from around the web.
Check it out for yourself: visit Today's Feeds for a short list of popular news of the day.
We created this service to help you find more relevant news on our site, from a more diverse mix of sources, and to extend the NewsTrust community with recommendations from people we trust. Smart Feeds also makes it easier to submit stories on our site, by pre-filling story meta-data from our sources, around the clock. Once these recommendations have been queued on the Todays Feeds page, you can review them with a single click -- without having to submit them from scratch (but please check that their story info is accurate, since they have not yet been reviewed by our editors).
We're very grateful to all the folks who create these feeds for sharing their expertise so generously -- and to our API partners for their invaluable contributions to our cause. APIs that we use to fetch story metadata include: Daylife, Digg, NewsRack, and Tweetmeme. Thank you all!
We'd also like to give special thanks to our lead engineer Subbu Sastry for creating this advanced news filtering system. This service has been months in the making and we really appreciate Subbu's thoughtful and nuanced work on this complex project. Kudos as well to our editorial and development teams, for their great contributions to this important milestone.
We'd love to hear from you about Smart Feeds during this beta period. What do you think of this service? How could we make it work better for you? To recommend a feed, or share your thoughts about this service, add a comment to this blog post, or in our Feedback page.