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  1. Coleman Foley
    March 9, 2012 @ 4:25 pm

    This is a good round up, but I have a few suggestions. First, you might want to remove Summify. Almost two months ago, Summify said “We will keep the email summaries for a few more weeks, but at some point we will shut down the current Summify product.”

    Second, you might want to replace Summify with another app: Prismatic (http://getprismatic.com). It’s similar to Zite, but it’s a web app, so it is available on PCs and Macs as well as tablets and phones. It doesn’t work very well with touch interfaces, though, so I only recommend it for use on Macs and PCs. Although I love the experience of reading news on the iPad, I end up doing most of my news reading on my laptop, so I need something like Zite that’s available on Windows.

    Prismatic came out just three weeks ago, so it’s still a little rough around the edges, but in that time, I have gone from mostly using Zite to mostly using Prismatic. For one, Prismatic is meant to be used more than Zite is. Zite is meant to be checked once or twice a day. They don’t update stories very often. There are only a few stories to read each day.

    Prismatic is meant to be checked throughout the day. Unfortunately, it doesn’t yet offer a daily digest of the day’s most important news, so it’s not great for people who check news less often. That would be an easy feature to add, though, so I expect they will add it.

    I also have a suggestion for following niche topics that none of the products you listed can cover: Trapit (http://trap.it). Trapit is a lot like Zite: it allows you to follow your favorite topics, then it learns from your feedback. The difference is, it allows you to follow any topic. It’s not as good for general news reading. It’s better for occasionally checking for news on topics for which there isn’t much news.

    I wrote a post similar to yours, but focused solely on discovery , on my blog here: http://colemanfoley.com/post/18856605707/breaking-down-personalized-news-readers

    Finally, why did you choose Instapaper for consumption instead of Read It Later? Read it Later has a pretty good free version, while Instapaper has no free version at all. Otherwise, they are pretty similar.

  2. Deirdre Breakenridge
    March 9, 2012 @ 7:21 pm

    Great information Colin. I appreciate you sharing the additional suggestions! Have a great weekend.

  3. Ryan
    April 14, 2012 @ 11:16 am

    Thanks for the information! I had never heard of Zite, but after reading your post and downloading it, its probably one of my favorite apps as well! Thanks again.

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