Â Last fallÂ I wrote about Imooty,Â a site that aggregates European news feeds.Â Who would be interested? Anyone who must followÂ European politics and government; foreign currency traders; language students; European expatriates; others?
The other day aÂ commentor from Italy wrote meÂ to say: “EUFeeds is better!”
You be theÂ judge. Visually the two sites areÂ quite different.
Users navigate ImootyÂ using a map to pick the country of interest. The site thenÂ offers eightÂ tabs that represent attempts to filterÂ incoming news into buckets:Â world, society,Â sciences, business, sport, leisure, star, media. So one could pick, Poland, Star, toÂ see whether Paris HiltonÂ has beenÂ partying inÂ Gdansk — or whatever.
EUFeedsÂ has a cleaner, minimalist user-interface. There are aÂ row of flags across the top and yes, that means knowing the visual difference between the emblems of Slovenia and Slovakia. But the flags are arrayed in alphabetical order so it is possible to guess that Austria is first, followed by Belgium, and when inÂ doubt, one can moveÂ the mouse move overÂ any givenÂ flag to reveal the underlying word. Unlike Imooty, EUFeeds does not attempt, at least thus far, to filter country news into subject areas. Instead, when one toggles the country flag, the top headlines of itsÂ top newspapers flow to the screen. One can click thru the headline to the story but again, holding the cursor over the headline offers a brief glimpse into the article’s contents. Very neat.
I have frankly not used either site other than to toy around so I have no basis for a preference other than preferring the visual simplicity of EUFeeds. I think both sites are excellent windows into Europe –for those whose jobs or interests make them look to the Old World.