verwhelming is an understatement when I describe available news on the Internet. Just get on Google’s news section and search for something. If it is anything remotely general, mountains of pages of links will topple out of your monitor and cascade onto your head like a pile of bricks. You then grit your teeth and dig your way out.
___I happen to enjoy keeping up with news on China and Japan, but with so many sources, checking them individually is madness, and going to Google will drive you to use psychotic drugs. News about China and Japan in the local papers is scarce. There is always more space devoted to local issues, so world news gets pushed to the back of the queue, often not making the papers. By gathering news from around the world you gain different perspectives on news. I do like the objectivity of the British press. Both the Canadian and American press can warp stories one way or another.
___My search to filter rss feeds stopped at the door of Yahoo Pipes. After a brief video it was pretty easy to use and relatively intuitive. I threw together 26 rss feeds, filtered by keyword, eliminated duplicates, and sorted by descending order of date. My China Japan News feed was finished.
___My sources include: Google, NY Times, CNN, BBC, Danwei, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Times of India, Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, Asia Times, Asahi, Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, Japan Times, LA Times, The Straits Times, Channel News Asia (Singapore), The Star (Malaysia), Jakarta Post. Are there any other Asian flavours I should add?
___Some of my feeds are not cooperating and gave me errors:
warning error fetching http://feeds2.feedburner.com/latimes/asia (502 Bad Gateway)
warning error fetching http://feeds.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/rss/world/asia/index_xml (502 Bad Gateway)
warning error fetching http://rss.cnn.com/rss/cnn_world.rss (502 Bad Gateway)
___Oddly, some online newspapers do not provide rss, though they are mostly in Asia. These include:
- People’s Daily: RSS feed does not work
- China Daily, Yomiuri Shumbun: have no RSS feed. The Yomiuri Shimbun subscribe link is for a delivered paper copy subscription
- Asahi Shimbun’s english section: gives an RSS in Japanese
- Chicago Tribune: has no RSS. Maybe Obama will fix this
___I’ve fed this new feed into DonTai.com‘s news aggregator and it displays very nicely. I’ll play with it for a couple of days and see if the pipe breaks. Overall I’d give Yahoo Pipes a B+ for user interface and usability, and a B for bugs. Often the news preview and the save functions were not working, but you wait long enough and it fixes itself. The bottom line is that the functions of Yahoo Pipes work and work very well.
P.S. I just added The Straits Times, Channel News Asia (Singapore), The Star (Malaysia), Jakarta Post. I also notice that I must be logged into Yahoo mail or I cannot access Yahoo Pipes. Yahoo Pipes have their own login, but it won’t let me authenticate with my valid Yahoo account. Logged into Yahoo Mail I bypass Yahoo Pipes’ authentication.