News Ox: Building a Better News Aggregator

Faster. More Relevant.

Posted 9 months ago by Tom Maiaroto.

News aggregator sites and feed readers are broken. In fact, so broken and worthless that Google even canned its reader. This led to some people saying "RSS is dead" ... But that isn't true either. In fact, RSS is extremely important and great tools like Feedly, Flipboard, and Pulse are making RSS sexy again. While people are rushing to replace Google Reader, the simple truth of the matter is we need a better tool. Feedly, Flipboard and Pulse are great, but they are limited to RSS and you knowing about the source. The innovation to just... Read More

Discovery and Ranking

What people fail to do...

Posted 9 months ago by Tom Maiaroto.

So I had a great conversation today with Accel.io, a really great service for getting advice and "guides" for very specific challenges that you may face as a startup, marketer, developer, or any other role really. It's a very quickly expanded site and I have, myself, put up my AngularJS guide/course from Skillshare (another great resource for expert advice). They got me thinking about some things and things that they are trying to do right. Which only made me think about other people in this space doing things wrong. I also had a call on... Read More

Viral News Search

Search current events based on how viral they are

Posted 10 months ago by Tom Maiaroto.

In a short weekend I built a site, News Ox, to demo the power of Virality Score. News Ox is a viral news aggregator that does a real good job of presenting content about current events that is being shared across the internet. From there you can even filter by category or keyword, but that was just about all...Until now. Now you can search on News Ox. Or that is to say, you are searching part of the powerful data set within Virality Score, for viral news. Only 50 of the top results will be returned to you, but I felt that should be... Read More

Flexible Twitter Bootstrap Grid

Need more columns? No problem!

Posted 10 months ago by Tom Maiaroto.

Twitter Bootstrap is a wildly popular CSS framework and I think it's great. It's seemingly replaced the Blueprint CSS framework craze and now most of the web looks like it was built with Twitter Bootstrap. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but it's pretty easy to identify. Let's change that, shall we? Perhaps the biggest tell tale sign here is the 12 grid system. Not that it's exclusive to Twitter Bootstrap, there's the 960gs, Blueprint itself, as well as many others that use 12 columns. However, it limits pretty much the entire web to... Read More

Problems With Google Analytics

We all use it, but did you know...

Posted 10 months ago by Tom Maiaroto.

Google Analytics must be the most popular web tracking service in the world. It's free for starters, that helps...But it's also quite nice and easy to install and use. However, there's a few problems that most people don't realize. The biggest problem is that the analytics can be skewed quite easily. This leaves many businesses vulnerable to malicious attack. What? For being able to record metrics?! Can they see them you ask? No, but they can add to your numbers. Bear with me and I'll explain. This is a huge problem for businesses... Read More

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