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News Aggregator from USA Today

news deck - Headline Aggregator from Usa Today

Techcrunch today reports that The USA Today has launched a site called “NewsDeck” that sort of aggregates the top news stories from their site and nicely puts them in different categories/Sub-section. Currently the site features stories on 8 different topics, including News, Trave, Money, Life, Sports and many more.

Each of the section on the page works like a widget that allows you to auto scroll down with your mouse for more headlines. The widget cards can also be flipped by clicking on a ‘flip’ icon on top of each widget to view headlines between the USA Today’s top stories and most popular stories. USA Today says they are looking to test products like this on the web to see what users really need from a news site when it comes to finding headlines and top stories from a news site. NYtimes has a similar service called Article Skimmer, that lets you quickly skim through their stories.

Personally I don’t know whether these sort of services are that useful for the general public. Honestly, If you have a good RSS reader like feedly and you have subscribed to USAToday & NYtimes via RSS, you actually get even a far better reading experience in one single place.

But do try Newsdeck, it does look pretty cool.

Facebook Fan Box Widget

facebook fan widget Facebook has recently introduced a widget called “Fan Box” that Facebook page administrators can install on their website so that their readers can see the facebook page updates directly on the website almost in real-time. On the top of that, readers can also become a fan of the Page by simply clicking a button on that widget itself. According to Facebook, over 8 million users become fans of Facebook Pages every day to connect with their favorite public figures and organizations and get updates directly in their streams. Now with the help of this new facebook fan box widget, users can connect with brands, musicians, celebrities, businesses, and more, whether they’re on or off Facebook.

The Fan Box is very easy to install and just takes a few simple steps to fully integrate it with your existing website. If you are a facebook fan page administrator, you should be able to get the Fan box widget running on your page by copying only four lines of JavaScript.

How to Add a Facebook Fan Widget on your Website

To install the Facebook fan widget, first login to your facebook account and go to your facebook Page – there you should see “Add Fan Box to your site” right underneath your Page’s profile picture. Each Fan Box includes the Become a Fan button. You can customize the Fan Box to include additional features including the stream of recent posts as well as a list of fans. The Fan Box can integrate tightly into your website – it takes a minimum of 200px width and 64px height for the button, and 554px height with all features included. You can read more detailed instructions on the Facebook Developer Wiki.

Here are some examples of different uses of the Facebook Fan Box:

  • Threadless is currently using the Fan Box to feature the videos and posts they make to their Facebook fans.
  • Newsweek has nicely integrated the Fan Box to encourage readers to become a fan and get news updates through Facebook.
  • Coca-Cola’s Fan Box integration encourages Coca-Cola customers to become fans on Facebook.

So don’t wait up, go and install your Facebook Fanbox widget on your website today and get more facebook fans and free exposure to your fan page.

What others are saying about Facebook Fan Page?

Facebook Releases New “Fan Box” Widget to Turn Website Visitors into Facebook Fans – Inside Facebook

Facebook Fan Box Widget Links Celeb Sites, Pages – AppScout

Facebook wants you to become a fan with the new “Fan Box” – Webbyist

Facebook Introduces The Fan Box. Take That, MySpace. – Techcrunch

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