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Three ways to get a round-up of news shared by your contacts without checking Twitter

Here are three different ways to get a daily news round-up of stories as shared by your contacts within your social networks. All three are good options to get tailored, relevant news on days when you do not have time to closely follow your Twitter stream.

1. LinkedIn Today

LinkedIn Today is powered by Twitter and LinkedIn to provide a tailored news site containing news from a choice of industries, including publishing and online media, plus news as shared and tweeted by people in your networks. You can also save articles for later and have LinkedIn Today sent to your email inbox to give you a daily digest.

It launched in March and has been credited with making LinkedIn the second most important source of traffic referrals for TechCrunch.

2. Summify

Summify also provides you with top stories as decided by contacts within your networks. It will collate the five top stories as decided by your Twitter, Facebook and Google Reader feeds.

You can alter how many top stories are sent, whether your receive them by email or as a direct message on Twitter and what time of the day you want your summary created.


XYDO curates news based on your Facebook and Twitter feeds. You can also vote an article up or down, which will influence the articles promoted to your contacts and you can receive the article list by custom RSS, email, tweeted links or Facebook.

There are more details on XYDO and how it can be used by journalists at this link.


‘Like Twitter on steroids’: New social network XYDO launches in beta

Digg gets drunk, has a threesome with Reddit and Newsboiler, which results in XYDO.

That’s how social news network XYDO, which launched in public beta yesterday, was described in one tweet.

XYDO on Twitter

Jeffrey Bates, co-founder of Slashdot.org, opted for:

If Reddit and Hacker News are social news 2.0, XYDO is clearly 3.0 and beyond.

And author Jesse Stay likened it to “Quora meets Digg” and “Twitter on steroids”, according to XYDO’s website.

If you’ve used Digg, Reddit, Newsboiler and Quora, that’s all you need to know. If not, read on.

XYDO takes a bit of getting used to and I’ve not come across any handy video guides, but the following should help you find your way around.

What is XYDO?

XYDO is a social news network that takes stories from your Twitter and Facebook feeds. Users then collectively prioritise and organise stories by pushing them up or down the list. The ranking is influenced by clicking the green arrow up, the red arrow down and by sharing on Twitter and Facebook.

XYDO ranking

You will automatically be following the people you follow on Twitter and you will be assigned to various communities based on your Twitter connections.

You can view either news from your ‘connections’ or from your ‘communities’ and get a story list in a form which suits you: by custom RSS, email, tweeted links or Facebook.

So what does XYDO mean for journalists and newsrooms?

It is a source of stories. It is a way of networking, discussing stories and tailor-making your own news story feed.

You can also join communities (like ‘media and journalism’, which is already set up) and even create your own community.

It is also a way of increasing site traffic. You can submit stories, which will then be ranked by others on XYDO.

XYDO screengrab

You can follow @xydoapp on Twitter. “Media experts” from XYDO also curate various communities on Twitter channels. You can follow @x_mediajourn for “the best news and blog posts on the topic of media and journalism”, for example.

Read more about XYDO on MashableReadWriteWeb and Musings from Sussex.