Worth a Look

Driving traffic to the OneStop homepage is near the top of our priority list. One of the ways we do this is by offering what we consider to be the best news at Sun.

Basically we try and stay abreast of everything Sun related, filter out the info that is not of interest to our audience, and publish the rest. We generally publish 3-6 items per day. The goal is to enable users to keep up with what's really cool and relevant, at a glance.

As Robert and I are both info junkies, and stay connected most of the day, it's very little burden to post timely and relevant information. Our sources include:

  1. ZapTXT. A free tool that sends hourly updates for RSS/ATOM feeds of interest. The cool part is that you can filter the feeds for a string, such as "Sun". By watching feeds for The Register, eWeek, InfoWorld, CNET, ZDNet, and others we can catch all the late breaking stories.
  2. Google News Alerts with Search terms of Sun, Solaris, etc.
  3. "In Today's News". Sun PR publishes a daily news summary which is excellent.
  4. Sun internal aliases. Robert and I both subscribe to dozens of internal aliases. Oftentimes when people see an interesting article they'll circulate it on an alias.

We try and add little fun to the mix by posting the Dilbert cartoons that we think are especially funny. The Dilbert items are consistently the most popular. We know this as we carefully track click throughs.

When Yahoo!News added javascript popup summaries I found it extremely useful, so we added the same functionality.

 


Comments:

thanks for the write up Mike! 2 notes to add: You can elect to receive notifications to your choice of Instant Messenger client, Skype, Email or SMS. And alerts can be sent to you as soon as possible, ever hour or once daily.

Posted by Sameer on April 30, 2007 at 05:55 AM PDT #

another absolute must-have resource that you should consider for the 'fun dept.' is Hugh MacLeod's GapingVoid. (http://www.gapingvoid.com/). Check it out.

Posted by Sameer on April 30, 2007 at 05:59 AM PDT #

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