The Daily Beast – New and Different Aggregated News site

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Are you looking for another news aggregator? Probably not, since there are so many available already, such as The Huffington Post, Google News, The Drudge Report, Salon, Slate and many, many others. However, I still recommend trying out The Daily Beast. The Daily Beast was just launched on October 6th, 2008 and is published by Tina Brown, the former publisher of Vanity Fair and The New Yorker. The site is made up of both original content and links to contents from other sources.

One of the things I will best about The Daily Beast is its uncluttered design. As much as I love the Huffinton Post, sometimes I get overwhelmed by the amount of content all over each page. Part of the reason that The Daily Beast is so uncluttered is that it does not link to every news item published and it not updated constantly. Therefore it is not the place to go if you want all the news, all the time. But it does have many other great benefits.

The Daily Beast is made up of 5 main areas:

1. Home: Links to all the other sections and some of their content

2. Cheat Sheet – Must Reads from all over: This section contains approximately 20 stories from different areas of the news, with a summary of the story and a link to it. The reason it is called Cheat Sheet is because on many of the stories they add a box called “XTRA INSIGHT” giving more facts on the topic. On the left of every story in red is one word that describes its impact or classification, such as “definitive”, “trends”, “be afraid” and “essential”. I think this is a great section for parents or teachers to share with teenagers and college students.

3. Big Fat Story: Every day, something that is very hot in the news is featured. Today’s featured story is “McCain the early years – What happened to the McCain we liked?” Archives are kept of previous Big Fat Stories.

4. The Buzz Board – Smart People Recommend: I love this section. In this area, Intelligent people from many various walks of life, recommend books, websites, movies, articles and anything else on their mind.

5. Blogs & Stories – from our contributers: Exactly what the name says.

The Daily Beast is still in Beta so who knows how else it might be improved in the future. Right now, I’m enjoying it just the way it is.

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  1. Hi, my first time here. Just an introduction! I would like to stop by again if you feel a counter visit will be worth our individual busy schedules. I find your blog interesting…and please accept my compliments and this invite.
    R.E.

  2. I am visiting for the first time after reading Stephen King’s recommendation in Entertainment Weekly. Finding took me to Google to plug in The Daily Beast. Could not get onsite from AOL’s search screen but kept trying. Thank you for a site to replace The Drudge Report which King says is “mutton dressed up as lamb.”

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