I took a look at Jen’s list of suggested sites for the ‘News From the Net presentation, but I decided to go do some of my own technology site research. I found three really cool sites that seem to have good things going on.
This site covers mostly product review, but I found it also does a lot of live blogging. They live blog and tweet technology conferences while they’re happening. That way, if a major mobile operating system like Android is coming out with a new product, consumers can learn every aspect of what the product has to offer without going to the conference or reading an overview later that day.
This is not just a great site to learn about products, but it also carries valuable technology news. They have reporters who cover big technology stories—like most recently topics revolving the Apple vs. Samsung case.
They also covered Facebook stock and Facebook buying out Instagram. To relate to a younger audience –and in an attempt to cover something outside new technology—they have their staff write about books, music, movies, etc.
The thing I love the most about Engadget is their Podcasts. They talk about the latest news and weather (fluffy news), but they leave room for Q&A about latest technologies. Their latest podcast talked about the media’s influence on people’s opinions about news and how opinions about new products can be swayed just by “what people have heard” about it. Very interesting to listen to if you’re in the car and it’s easily accessible through iTunes, mp3, RSS, Zune.
This site is a lot more newsy than the other technology sites I have been to. It is less product driven and more focused on conversations surrounding social media. There is a really interesting post about new options for Facebook pages that have accumulated over 5,000 likes. They can now target viewers based on age, gender, language, and location. This option will be really helpful for advertisers.
They also have articles that compare sites and what they offer. This article argues Pinterest is the uncreative version of Tumblr.
It’s a great read if you’re considering whether or not to open an account with either site.
All in all—liked this site the most out of all the ones I looked at, because I am less into upcoming products and more interested in hot topics and new social media sites.
Out of the sites Jen posted, I liked this one the most. They have really cool articles about products and sites (like the others), but they break everything up based on topic. An entire column is solely devoted to Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Google, and Android news. That is really helpful, because a reader can be up-to-date on every story surrounding the biggest companies without having to look in multiple places to find it.
I also found this amazing article about women in the technology field. It shows the field is optimistic about what women can offer, and that makes me smile :)