Get ready for this: Reddit had 56 billion pageviews and 731 million unique visitors this year, according to a post published on the official Reddit blog. Possibly even more remarkable: The site had more than 40 million posts in 2013, and the most-read post only had 3.6 million pageviews, meaning that a whole lot of activity came from the long tail. Maybe Reddit should change its tagline to “the 731 million front pages of the internet”?
Want to see what Digg’s RSS reader will look like when it comes in beta form next week? The company released a few more details and photos of the news reader for desktop and mobile.
Social news reader site Pulse is now officially joining LinkedIn, with both companies noting the startup’s success at bringing readers the news they care about, which fits into LinkedIn’s increasing media business.
A lot of die-hard RSS users are upset that Google has decided to kill off its Google Reader service, but for me Twitter and other platforms based on social news are far superior to any RSS reader and have been for some time.
A good number of companies are trying to create the best social reader for news and information, but no one’s really emerged a clear winner yet. Thirst is moving from a Twitter client to news reader in an attempt to capture part of the market.
The D2C generation, student debt, Mike Matheny’s tragic story, the problem with social news and the amazingly talented Dualtone records are some of the stories on the menu this week.
Gabe Rivera has been at the vanguard of technology driven journalism through sites like Techmeme and Mediagazer. At a recent event, he discussed the limits of algorithms and the need for human curation.
Social news site Buzzfeed has acquired Kingfish Labs, a New York startup that processes natural language on Facebook to determine user interests. Buzzfeed said it plans to apply Kingfish’s technology to optimize ad targeting for its brand clients on social networks.
Friendster founder Jonathan Abrams has launched a news-filtering service called Nuzzel that is powered by social-networking activity. But while his previous ventures have been early to the market, his new offering suffers from the opposite problem — the market is already saturated with similar services.
Trapit, an AI-based discovery engine for Web content from the group behind Siri, is releasing its iPad app Thursday after launching a Web version last November. Trapit wants to compete against news reading apps like Flipboard by offering better content. It’s planning publisher partnerships, too.