Thank you to Search Engine Blog for bringing Newsflashr to my attention. The beauty of this search engine is that we know it is charting the internet’s current “greatest hits” and it is not comprehensive–and I like it. It is quite tidy and doesn’t vomit up seemingly random hits. The start page is pared down with a tabular display of links: topics such as technology and health along the vertical axis, and rankings along the horizontal. At a glance, you will see the top 8 trends for 8 topics.
Click on a topic and you will find a “Hot” list of 8 topics and if for some reason you need more, look to your right and you will find a weighted tag cloud of headline words. There are 4 ways to view results: by topic (i.e. browsing), by time, by feeds (from news websites or blogs) or keyword searching. Colour-coding and a date-stamp tell you how “fresh” things are. More about Newsflashr here.
Makes Google News look a bit busy, doesn’t it?