Alltop – Your Online Magazine Rack

Many of us use a feed reader such as Google Reader or Bloglines to keep track of our favorite blogs. If you don’t know what a feed reader is then just have a read of this article I wrote explaining all about them. And for others of us we use the Bookmarks or Favorites tab in our browser bar.

But wouldn’t it be cool to have a site that kept track of all your fave scrapbooking sites and presented them to you in the one place?

Well there is.

Check out this site called Alltop.

It’s been set up to capture all the latest scrapbooking news that’s posted on the Internet. So you can easily see what’s new and where.

Click on the thumbnail image for a larger view.

Now there are masses of websites out there and no one has enough time to monitor all of them. There will obviously be a number that you won’t be interested in (not Scraps of Mind I hope). So you can click the little Hide tag on the right of each site’s section and it will be removed from your view. And next time you go back to the site from that computer it remembers that you didn’t want to see that particular site so it remains hidden. This means you can tailor what websites you want to track. Super easy.

So if you want to scan through what’s happening in the world of scrapbooking each day, just go to Alltop and check out your links. And you don’t even need to register with them. Just Click and Use. Frankly I find that a refreshing change.

To use the site you can just roll your mouse over any post titles that you think sound interesting to get a brief text bite of the post and then just click on the title if you want to read the rest and you will be taken straight to the blog or web site.

This has got to be a boon for those who are not into the whole RSS thing or those who want to keep all their scrapbooking sites in the same place.

And you can do the same for other topics, not just scrapbooking. When you go to the Alltop website click on the Tutorial link at the top right of the screen and you will get a short video of how it works.

I don’t know about you, but this seems like a very handy and cool idea to me. Click over and check it out. And pop a comment down below to let us know what you think of it.

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4 Responses to Alltop – Your Online Magazine Rack

  1. Hummie October 7, 2008 at 12:51 am #

    I don’t get it though. I’m not listed and a lot of my favorite sites are not listed, so it seems more of someone advertising to me at first glance.

    Hummies last blog post..OldGuy’s Comedy Debut – Scene 1

  2. karooch October 7, 2008 at 8:21 am #

    I’m not sure how they’ve gathered their info Hummie, but there’s an invitation at the top of the page for you to submit details of your favorite sites if they’re not on the list.

    I didn’t submit Scraps of Mind to them so it’s not a simple advertising thing. I think they’re still building up their catalog of sites in each topic. Jump in and get yours listed.

  3. DreamScrapper October 9, 2008 at 1:10 am #

    What an excellent tool! I wish I could customize it myself, though, to show the sites/blogs I want to follow. I also couldn’t find the link that you mention for suggesting sites or blogs.

  4. karooch October 9, 2008 at 8:23 pm #

    I was sure there was a link there when I wrote the article DreamScrapper, but it seems not. Here is an excerpt from their About Page.

    Q. How do you decide which sites and blogs are in a topic?

    A. We use a patent-pending, semantic computational algorithm derived from the post-doctoral work of Guy at Stanford. Just kidding. We rely on several sources: results of Google searches, review of the sites’ and blogs’ content, researchers, and our “gut” plus the recommendations of the Twitter community, owners of the sites and blogs, and people who care enough to write to us. Let us declare something: The Twitter community has been the single biggest factor in the quality of Alltop. Without this group of mavens and connectors, Alltop would not be what it is today.

    Apparently if you want to suggest other links you just need to email them.