Original Signal

I’ve been wanting to blog about Original Signal for quite awhile. But, for some reason, I never got the words together. This morning when looking at the site I realized it was time.

Original Signal is a site that aggregates news feeds on a variety of topics from a variety of sources. The site started out as only technology-based feeds. However, it’s expanded to include world news, entertainment news, and business news.

There are a couple of things that work really well at Original Signal:

  • Major/popular blogs and web sites are included. For example Techcrunch, Digg, IMDB, and C|Net feeds are all a part of Original Signal. It’s easy to keep up on these resources without having to setup an RSS reader.
  • Blogs and web sites that might not be so well known are included. That way it’s possible to find out things you didn’t know you wanted to find out from sources you didn’t know even existed.
  • The interface is very clean and easy to use. When you point at one of the feed headlines a window pops up giving you the opening lines of the blog post or article. You can figure out if you want to read more without having to click.
  • It’s a one-stop-shop to all kinds of information. Original Signal isn’t the only one of these web-based aggregaters but it’s one of the best I’ve seen.

Today on Original Signal was a link to a blog post about Amazon starting a product wiki and a new service (down2night) in Seattle in which people can subscribe to get a text message of info. about what’s going on in their town that night. Imagine if libraries had that kind of text messaging service available for customers!

Check out Original Signal as a way to keep up with the culture and news that the teens you serve are involved with. Check out Original Signal as a way to keep up with the world in general. Check out Original Signal to simply find out interesting things that might have an impact on your library’s services in the near, far, or distant future.

About Linda W Braun

Linda W Braun is a YALSA Past President, the YALSA CE Consultant, and a learning consultant/project management coordinator at LEO: Librarians & Educators Online.
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