Popurls is an application that acts as a dashboard that compiles the most popular topics from websites and feeds. These items are then sorted by feed and by topic. This enables users to review information from multiple sources in one convenient web page.
Created by Thomas Marban in March 2006, Popurls is intended to offer headlines in a usable way rather than via cluttered newsreaders. Popurls has been acquired by Tweetup in July, 2010.
By aggregating the hot topics from the most popular sites and feeds, users can see everything in one place and simply click a link to view the full story. Rather than dealing with several RSS feeds and a newsreader, everything is on Popurls and can be customized to an individual’s tastes and needs.
The initial screen is overwhelming. The customization option is a must for users wanting to avoid wading through every feed to find the content they are looking for. Customization includes rearranging content blocks for news, media, and quickies (subjects) for ease of viewing. Drag and drop is used to move the news feeds that are a priority to the top of the blocks. Subjects in the quickies section may be hidden so they do not appear on the dashboard.
Other customization options include hiding media feeds, popular today, and the Twitter block. Depending on a user’s interest, this provides a more condensed page. Another option is extending the headlines 3x, adding three times the headlines to each section. Background color may be changed from black to white and font may be enlarged. The dashboard view may be classic (sorted by site), topic (by active topics), or by river (a chronological list of the latest stories).
The Recommended tab provides recommendations after several stories are accessed. This may be disabled at any time. Popurls live shows a map of the live traffic on the network, indicating what stories are being viewed in which country at any given time. Users have the option of completing a sharing profile to enable one click sharing to popular social networking sites.
The site is very easy to use and has tons of information. The customization features make the content much more manageable.
Registration is not necessary for viewing the latest headlines, but to personalize the Popurl dashboard, login with OpenID, Google, Windows Live ID, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, AOL AIM, flickr, or Blogger is necessary. If a potential user does not have an account in any of these services, a link is provided to OpenID.
There is no cost associated with using Popurls.
Anyone who likes to know more about trending topics and top news stories and/or subscribes to multiple news feeds, will appreciate the one-stop dashboard at Popurls.