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May 17, 2010 / compassioninpolitics

Create Your Own Custom Alltop Webpage

Alternatives to Alltop: Aggregators, Widgets, WordPress Customization

Alltop is a pretty neat website which provides (most) of the top blogs and websites divided by subject area. Alltop also has My Alltop, which allows you to create your own Alltop. Other websites offer similar services–for instance Lazyfeed launched their service today to create your own Alltop-like website. Hopefully, it provides more flexibility than the Myalltop interface does.

You may also want to look at Netvibes and Pageflakes as possible other alternatives for creating an Alltop like interface. Finally, you can use WordPress to create an Alltop like experience for yourself, your friends, and community. (if you are an organization and can afford $200 to 500 to get development done on the WordPress platform this may be the best long term solution for you).

Alternatively, you may just be able to use Google widgets all on one page or another free widget creator platform to create a page with RSS widgets for multiple industry or nonprofit blogs. Also there are other solutions in the personalized dashboard and personalized RSS aggregator space.

Happy content trails!!!

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  1. compassioninpolitics / Sep 6 2010 4:10 am

    You can do this on the Drupal platform with this:

    http://managingnews.com/

  2. Adam / Sep 23 2010 9:34 am

    You can also checkout these wordpress themes: (some free some paid)

    http://prothemedesign.com/themes/accumulo/ ($59 Single License)
    http://ericulous.com/2007/06/11/popurls-clone-using-wordpress/ (Single License – $59)

    http://templatic.com/ also do a free one called Aggregator. But it has issues dragging in youtube thumbnails. Uses the simplepie code and so Templatic won’t support it.

  3. compassioninpolitics / Sep 23 2010 4:12 pm

    Adam,

    Thanks for those three options.

    Yeah, the templatic free theme link is here:

    http://templatic.com/news/aggegator-all-your-feeds-at-your-website-front

    Any other folks have suggestions for user-friendly aggregation?

  4. compassioninpolitics / Nov 16 2010 3:07 am

    Here’s another aggregator, but its built on Yahoo pipes, but it resembles the Alltop interface (it searches for tagging)

    http://www.startupgossip.com/

  5. Nathan Ketsdever / Dec 21 2010 8:35 pm

    Yet another version–this one is based on a 3 column format:

    http://advancesufficiency.wordpress.com/

  6. Nathan Ketsdever / Jan 15 2011 11:27 am

    Ok this isn’t an Alltop aggregator–but more of a personal aggregator in the style of a newspaper (i’m not sure what they use as inputs):

    http://paper.li/

    The newspaper will be created using all the links (articles) shared in the past 24 hours by yourself (editor in chief) AND the people you follow (contributors)

    Or you can set it up based on your Facebook account.

    I wish it was longer than 24 hours–in other words you could set the length of time it went back
    (1 week, 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, 1 year–that would add more substantive value–especially if it managed to tag itself)

  7. compassioninpolitics / Jan 19 2011 11:06 am

    Another aggregator site is Buzzfeed. (it about 3 millions of uniques–its ranked about #750 overall according to Compete). I’m curious what algorithm they use (one is just views). They also tap your social graph via Facebook, which is pretty cool. (Alternatively, to me this content isn’t what I look for)
    They buy on Stumble and Facebook minimally.

    Also, Yoonoo

    Splurb uses Reddit, Digg, and Mixx popular submissions

    http://splurb.com/

  8. Nathan Ketsdever / Mar 25 2011 4:01 am

    Tony Karrer has built a platform to do aggegation:

    http://www.aggregage.com/blog

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