The internet is a huge place, full of great content – but how do you find that content? If you’re like most of us, you probably go back to the same sites over and over again, reading rehashes of the same perspectives or just generally narrowing the scope of what you’re reading.
Finding exactly what you’re looking for online is surprisingly hard in 2015. Sure there are big search engines like Google, but their algorithms often leave out the little guys – and sometimes it’s the little guys who are doing the coolest stuff. And yeah, Facebook Newsfeed puts a lot of content in front of our faces, but that’s limited to your connections on Facebook – and you’re probably already reading much of the same things that they are anyway.
That, of course, is where startups come in. Smaller companies are taking on the task of helping you discover great content head-on. One such company is Linkonomics.
Linkonomics asks you to log in using a variety of different social networks. Once you’ve done that – and agreed to their terms of service, of course – you can put in your favorite websites. Their bots will then go out and crawl the web for articles and sites that are similar to the ones you gave them.
Once you’ve been presented with your options, you can give articles a “thumbs up” or a “thumbs down,” further clarifying the Linkonomics algorithm to your preferences. You can also choose to share the post on Buffer or save in Pocket to read later.
The site also has built-in gamification, with users earning points based on how they use Linkonomics.
Every day new content is added to the web – content that you don’t even know about. There are amazing writers pushing out beautiful works that you’ll never discover if you don’t get out of your current reading ruts. Using a site like Linkonomics is a great way to expand your worldview and get reading something new.