Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Take It From The Top

www.leichic.comYou’re a Blackberry-wielding, email-checking, blog-reading, Twitter-following machine. But that doesn’t make you an information junkie – just a content consumer with a healthy appetite.

 But being Ms. Know-It-All can get a little, well, consuming. So click over to The brainchild of Guy Kawasaki – the Kalihi boy turned Silicon Valley venture capitalist – Alltop is sort of an RSS reader on steroids.

The site collects articles and tracks sites on “all the topics” (hence the name) on the web and sorts them into categories that range from ADHD to Tourette’s Syndrome toYoga. Kawasaki even pays homage to his roots with a Hawai‘i category.

Unlike Google, Alltop isn’t pages of web links that may or may not be what you’re looking for. Instead, Alltop displays the last five headlines from all the sites it tracks in a particular category, and lets you mouse over each one for a pop-up window with the full text. So scan through all the top stories on all the top fashion sites in record time, just by scrolling the fashion section once. A literal “digital magazine rack,” Alltop not only links you to traditional mass media (Advertiser, Star-Bulletin) but also helps you discover sites that you didn’t even know existed. And it updates every 10 minutes so content is always fresh.

Just what you need for a more balanced digital diet.

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Posted on Wednesday, September 3, 2008 in Permalink

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Lei Chic is a daily email and shopping blog that plugs you into Hawaii's newest and hottest boutiques, designers, trends, spas and salons, and more. You'll also discover all the cool events, dinners and sales happening around town in our Weekend Picks every Thursday. With Lei Chic, you'll get the inside scoop on what everyone will be talking about tomorrow – in your inbox today.

Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.

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