I have been completely dissatisfied with the precipitous decline, as well as pay-walling, of broadsheets over the last decade and a half that I've been a regular reader. They simply can't do serious coverage because adverts demand they do lowest common denominator reporting. Also I want more than one side to a story and basically all papers, whether they like to declare it or not, have a position and so I end up at least going to two broadsheets to settle my mind on an issue.
Reddit was good for a while but the memes, insults, manipulation of multiple subreddits by racist groups (/r/worldnews, /r/europe) and the bashing down of anything that isn't left-wing on others (again, I want to see all points of view) got me very tired of it.
Twitter is good, but there is so much you can miss, links aren't headlines and I have absolutely zero interest in the meme-like jocularity and 'what I had for lunch' postings. Although discovery is fairly good it's entirely subject to the filter bubble effect and people are often ranting to a select group of yes-women and yes-men.
I want clustered news and opinion, and I want it ranked globally not against my own personal filter bubble. As there is nothing out there that fits my reading pattern I have started building http://jkl.io . However crowdfunding hasn't worked to get it going beyond a prototype and so it's going to be longer development cycle to add further features like machine learning (plus votes) ranked comments. But hopefully all that will be done by the end of the year as well as different views and ways of getting into the data. That said, it's now at a stage where it's genuinely my first stop before all the others, and once there are more sources, comments and the like, it will be the perfect overview - for me personally, perhaps not for others - of news/politics/policy/economics/science/tech across the world.
Also: criticism here would be most welcome, my other thread asking for feedback from HN never caught on.
If you must know, I was glancing over the headlines while eating breakfast, pondering how to get a colleague to stop being so theoretical and actually try putting some of their ideas into action. (A very smart person who, as you may have guessed, reads tons of stuff everyday.)
To mutilate an old saying: In theory, reading about something and doing something are the same thing. In practice, they're not.
(edit: P.S. There was a time when I read everything I could get my hands on. I eventually learned that I much prefer to be effective, not smart.)
If you like futuristic concepts, Random Ghost and its infinite scroll will eat your day. It's amazing.
Consume Consume is an incredible mixture of bizarre, awesome or amusing images. A good, occasional break from the grind.
Except for TIL and worldnews, this is a good mix since they all have about the same level of voting and activity.
EDIT: some of my subs include gamedev, getdisciplined, depthhub, truereddit, dailyprogrammer, entrepeneur
First, I went to http://www.reddit.com/subreddits/mine and clicked the link in the sidebar title "multireddit of your subscriptions". I backed this up, mostly because maybe I have a problem with letting things go.
Lastly, I subbed to a small handful, making my frontpage a lot more interesting, and definitely more focused on my current interests:
edit: already I want to add more, having read Peter Cooper's comment with some, reminding me about ones I have forgotten! I'll spare making this list larger though, as I'd probably just keep filling it and filling it.
There are also these -
There's also /r/startups, but it's plain boring.
I love that Reddit. I use it to practice my websearch skills. When I have some knowledge about something I know what words to use, so going to that subreddit gives me a bunch of stuff where I have no knowledge at all, and I need to learn the right words to use.
In a way it's a bit like the new Usenet, at least in terms of being able to pick and choose from so many different topics.
That can be good when you get the right subreddit.
And we used to have DejaVu (then Google) keeping all of Usenet, and it's now available. There have been some important (for computing) announcements made on Usenet and it would have been a shame to have lost those. I can imagine Reddit could get to the point where people make announcements there; and it's gently worrying that no-one is archiving this kind of stuff.
- HN (still the king for quality of comments as well as generally interesting links)
- Reddit (some sub-reddits are very interesting, especially domain specific ones)
- Stackoverflow sites (some great info here, but their rather draconian rules on questions that require opinions can cause frustrations as many answers do require some sort of opinion. It is quite amazing how often I get value from questions that have been closed as not constructive.)
- BoingBoing.net (used to be a regular but has become too weird for my tastes)
* My RSS reader, where I subscribe to the blogs of friends, plus the Machine Learning Research Institute, Ben Goertzel, and Venkatesh Rao.
* Reddit, where I'm split evenly between smart things and slutty things: http://www.reddit.com/r/Anarcho_Capitalism+anarchotranshuman... )
The rest of my reading is done here and in the accompanying comment threads, of course, and also NeoGAF, a video game forum that (I only realized this week) I've been frequenting for well over a decade.
Its main problem is that it demands you use their browser extension, which makes it far less convenient than Google Reader.
I have quite a few rss feeds that I read in the morning
http://lawandthemultiverse.com/ is an interesting blog giving a legal perspective on comics and science-fiction.
Some web/design blogs :
Similarly, if you want a feed of some specific subreddits, you can use something like reddit.com/r/programming+entrepeneur/.rss
A few feeds I follow:
* Hacker News - https://news.ycombinator.com/ (https://news.ycombinator.com/rss and https://news.ycombinator.com/bigrss [a lot of the posts are repeated over both, and note these are not necessarily the front page posts, my guess is that they are upvoted new posts, so I end up reading some posts before they reach the front page])
* Phoronix - http://www.phoronix.com/ (http://www.phoronix.com/rss.php)
* ThreatPost - http://threatpost.com/ (http://threatpost.com/feed)
* TheNextWeb - http://thenextweb.com/ (http://feeds2.feedburner.com/thenextweb)
* Wired - http://www.wired.com/ (http://feeds.wired.com/wired/index)
* iClarified - http://www.iclarified.com/ (http://iclarified.com/rss/rss.xml)
* TorrentFreak - https://torrentfreak.com/ (http://feeds.feedburner.com/Torrentfreak)
* r/WorldNews - http://www.reddit.com/r/worldnews (http://www.reddit.com/r/worldnews/.rss)
* Securelist - https://www.securelist.com/ (https://www.securelist.com/en/rss/allupdates)
* Buffer Blog - http://blog.bufferapp.com/ (http://blog.bufferapp.com/feed/)
* Raptitude - http://www.raptitude.com/ (http://www.raptitude.com/feed/)
* Priceonomics Blog - http://blog.priceonomics.com/ (http://blog.priceonomics.com/rss)
* Schneier on Security - http://www.schneier.com/blog/ (http://www.schneier.com/blog/atom.xml)
* Daring Fireball - http://daringfireball.net/ (http://daringfireball.net/index.xml)
* xkcd blag - http://blag.xkcd.com/ (http://blog.xkcd.com/feed/)
* Nota Bene (Eugene Kaspersky's blog)
- http://eugene.kaspersky.com/ (http://eugene.kaspersky.com/feed/)
* Troy Hunt's Blog - http://www.troyhunt.com/ (http://www.troyhunt.com/feeds/posts/default?alt=rss)
* xkcd - http://xkcd.com/ (http://xkcd.com/rss.xml)
* What If? - http://what-if.xkcd.com/ (http://what-if.xkcd.com/feed.atom)
* OzBargain - https://www.ozbargain.com.au/ (https://www.ozbargain.com.au/feed)
* Bret Victor's website - http://worrydream.com/ (http://worrydream.com/feed.xml)
I've got about 40 feeds in mine, most of the fairly quiet. It doesn't take that long at all.
Reading only the stuff that you must in order to not get fired is tantamount to doing to bare minimum. Having a sciolistic knowledge about many topics is helpful when coming up with new ideas (and more importantly, knowing where to look when you need to do a deep dive), as well as making you a well-rounded person.
http://xkcd.com/ (Monday, Wednesday & Friday)
Above all, obviously, Hacker News. I spend even more time than all others summed up.
OTOH, for a longer read with topics I'm interested in, I hit Zite on my iPad or on my Android phone. I've got Zite configured with my favorite subjects, and now I'm fairly comfortable that I'm hitting 80-90% of the most interesting articles/goings-on without having to hit dozens of feeds or sites.
i use this chrome extension to easily check for new content: http://feeder.co/
Also Reddit and Twitter now and then (I don't follow a while lot of people, so I can read back the whole week in a matter of minutes).
Once a month or so I read xkcd.com and exocomics.com, usually when I'm utterly bored or in a bad mood.
UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs -(http://www.irinnews.org/)
Switching to just that has been the most productive thing for my time, and still feel comfortable I'm not missing any relevant news.
Edit: and - of course - whenever I find something interesting, I stop skimming and start reading :)