Thanks to this post by Scott Karp I’ve been investigating the possibilities of Publish2 as an aggregator.
I’ve been saying for a while that we shouldn’t be afraid to link to other sites (the Rick Waghorn/Jeff Jarvis argument) – whatever the answer to the news crisis is (and if you work for Newsquest things look pretty critical right now) surely it’s going to involve giving our audience reason to come to us and not somewhere else.
So, Publish2 gives you the option to set up newsgroups that other people in your newsroom can join.
You then set about finding the best blogs, links, videos etc on a particular subject, add them to the group (it’s like a cross between Delicous and Digg) – and then Publish2 shows you how to create a widget that you can embed on the site.
I’ve blogged before about the problems the group template gives us – no access to html, restricted widths, no way to design a decent homepage that reflects the paper it represents and so on- but the little cheats I’ve been using seem to have gone down okay with the men in charge.
SO I was hoping this post would be a ‘look what we’re doing’ one….
Instead I’m just going to bite the bullet and ask: please can we have the facilty to aggregate news from other sites. Please.
Watch this space!