Whether you’re a journalist, an enthusiast, or an investor, you want to keep up to date with all of the latest news happening in the crypto and blockchain spaces. A crypto news aggregator like CoinSpectator can help you do just that.
There are literally thousands of crypto news and blog sites online, and that’s not even counting mainstream news sources like Bloomberg, CNBC, etc… With so many sites to choose from, what is an information-hungry crypto proponent to do? Even if you just bookmark a shortlist of favorites, it can still be daunting to manually check each bookmarked site every day.
Enter the real-time crypto news aggregator.
A news aggregator is exactly what it sounds like. It aggregates (gathers) news from multiple sources and publishes it on one central, easy-to-use platform. There are a number of crypto news aggregators out there, but CoinSpectator is one of the oldest and most comprehensive around.
Getting the Most Out of CoinSpectator
Although the site has been around since 2013, I only stumbled across it about a year and a half ago. In addition to writing articles myself, I am also responsible for finding leads for BitcoinerX’s other writers and let me tell you, CoinSpectator has been invaluable in that regard.
Here are some of the features that will help you stay up to date with the latest crypto news quickly and easily:
CoinSpectator’s content filters will help tailor your content feed to your specifications. The four content types aggregated on the platform are News, Projects, Blogs, and PR (press releases).
As you can see from the screenshot of the filters bar, you can customize your content feed simply by selecting (or de-selecting) those types of content which you do and do not wish to appear.
The search box filter lets you get extremely precise about what types of content you want to be shown, while the Latest / Top News drop-down lets you toggle between the latest and trending crypto news.
CoinSpectator’s community sentiment indicators provide excellent insight into what other users of the platform think of a particular crypto news topic. Considering that I often use the platform to find news leads, having some idea of what the community thinks of a particular topic is extremely useful.
Similar to Reddit, users have the ability to upvote or downvote any given article, but it goes beyond that. The various indicators let you know at-a-glance whether an article has been viewed positively or negatively and whether readers consider it to be bullish/bearish, a shill piece, or merely FUD.
While the crypto news content is CoinSpectator’s primary draw, the ICO listings feature is a nice added touch. Like everything else on the platform, the ICO listings are laid out to provide as much at-a-glance information as possible about a project.
You can sort the listings using the available filters – Hot, Active, Upcoming, Ended, and Scams – and although plenty of information is available in the default summary view, you can click on any ICO listing to see a more detailed overview of the project.
Room for Improvement?
Lest anyone think that this is merely a shill piece for CoinSpectator, I would like to note that as useful as I find the crypto news aggregator to be, there are still some things that I would love to see added that I think would make it even better.
Include Mainstream News Sources
I would love to see mainstream news sources like Bloomberg, CNBC, Forbes, SCMP, etc… added to the mix. They often are the first to report on a given topic so including them in the news feed only makes sense.
Add a Source Filter
Another feature I would love to see is the ability to filter content by source so that if I only wanted to see articles from CoinTelegraph, for example, I could do that. A dropdown filter might not be feasible given the sheer number of sources being aggregated, but being able to search content by source would be immensely helpful.
Add Social Media Trends
This is just the newshound in me talking, but I would LOVE to be able to see what topics, influencers, etc… are trending on Twitter, Facebook, etc…
Do you use CoinSpectator? What other features would you like to see added? Let us know in the comments below.
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