The Daily from News Corp may be the first digital news app built exclusively for a the iPad, but it certainly won’t be the last. Rupert Mudroch’s latest venture will have some strong competition from News.me, the news app that New York Times is getting all ready in association with Betaworks.
However, News.me won’t be like The Daily that would keep users posted of the latest developments from the world over. Rather, News.me is different in that it is a social news app for the iPad and will feed you with news that you have a preference for.
The way it works is this: Once you log into News.me with you Twitter account, you will instantly come across news stories based on the news streams that you follow as well as those that your friends are following. Also, News.me incorporates advanced filtering technologies that will make available news articles to you based on the number of times those stories are shared or clicked. In fact, News.me is not only just dependent on Twitter to generate the news articles but is designed to draw its resources from bit.ly, the betaworks company that shortens billion of shared links on a monthly basis.
So its like a chain reaction that sets in once you log into News.me. Not only is your Twitter news stream that you will be getting but also those of other News.me user whom you follow on Twitter. Plus, you also get those news that they are being recommended by those that they are following. So its a huge surge of news that is perhaps far more than what 100 of America’s best journalists are able to put up on a single day.
Furthermore, with News.me, users will be able to share via Twitter, Facebook or e-mail. Users will also be able to save them for later viewing or save them to Instapaper. Mews.me will also carry premium content from the New York Times as well as articles that are licensed with other news organizations. While all of this is good, what this also means is that the app won’t come free of cost and there will be a subscription involved.
News.me is however still under development and here is no word yet when it will be ready or what it will cost.
Sovan Mandal is the senior tablet and tech corespondent for goodereader.com. He brings a international approach to news that is not just applicable to the North American market, but also Asia, India, Europe and others. Sovy brings his own writing flavor to the website and is interested in Science Fiction, Technology and Writing. Any questions, send an email