There is an excellent new resource for anyone who wants to get a quick, interesting overview of current online coverage of their favorite topic. It has various sections, including one devoted to sites focused on Small Business.
It’s called Alltop and is the invention of online entrepreneurs Will Mayall, Kathryn Henkens and Guy Kawasaki. It’s a kind of super aggregator of news and commentary from the web.
We help you explore your passions by collecting stories from “all the top” sites on the web. We’ve grouped these collections — ”aggregations” — into individual Alltop sites based on topics such as environment, photography, science, celebrity gossip, fashion, gaming, sports, politics, automobiles, and Macintosh. At each Alltop site, we display the latest five stories from thirty or more sites on a single page — we call this “single-page aggregation.”
For a lot of us, the first flush of enthusiasm for the brave new world of information brought to us via the Internet, on any topic, always on, at any time, has faded to a lesser or greater degree. We now know we do not like being overwhelmed with information. We want to be selective.
Question is, how? We have probably tried various aggregation tools and now we find that even they can quickly get overloaded.
And as a daily reminder to me of just how easy it is for that to happen, my current favorite among feed readers, FeedDemon, has a Panic Button, enabling me to “mark as read” batches of items when it looks as if I have acquired more items to read than I am likely to be able to deal with.
Will Alltop solve our aggregating and filtering problems? Maybe not, but I’m finding it an interesting and stimulating addition to my filtering/classifying toolkit.
The Small Business category of Alltop includes a range of sites, from Entrepreneur.com and the Duct Tape Marketing blog, through to sites such as the rather quirky, definitely high energy and also informative bukiki.com – tag “living the best life – ONLINE” and the ever-challenging and ever-practical Jill Konrath’s Selling to Big Companies.
There are so many good, information-packed, idea-stimulating sites in the Alltop Small Business section that just making that selection of examples in the previous paragraph was not easy. I felt like a kid in a candy shop, unable to make up my mind which treats to sample.
Rather than try and cram more into this post, I’ve decided to schedule a regular weekly (maybe more often,we’ll see) visit to Alltop’s Small Business category and pick out some sites and blog posts that I find particularly interesting – preferably relevant to the work from home professional – and post about them here. I have a hunch that I won’t run out of material quickly, if at all.
(In the interest of transparency: as of a couple of hours ago, one of my sites has been listed on Alltop, in the Social Media section.)