The Alltop Information Funnel
Alltop is an RSS news aggregator that pulls in content from thousands of sources from
around the internet.. so you don’t have to.
Alltop is like an online magazine rack for all your favourite topics.. for stuff like social
media, food, travel, photography, news, law, football, education, finance.. plus hundreds
of other topics, from over 32,000 information sources.
The main purpose of Alltop is to help you answer the question “What’s happening?”, in all
the topics that interest you.
So how is this different from using a search engine like Google?
Google is good at answering questions like How many people live in China?.. but has a
much harder time at answering the question What’s happening in China?
This is where Alltop comes in.
Dan Roam, author of The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with
Pictures illustrates the difference between using Google and Alltop nicely,
The Google Approach:
The Alltop Approach:
Alltop collects the headlines of the latest stories, from the best sites and blogs on a
For example, checkout the Social Media page on Alltop.
These collections are grouped into individual web pages.. and the five most recent
headlines of these information sources (as well as their first paragraph), are displayed,
Everytime one of these blogs publishes a new article, it will be automatically displayed in
Fresh, new and dynamic content.. all the time.
Searching for Topics
There are a number of ways to search for topics in Alltop.
1. You can enter a search term in the search box.. then click on <Search>,
2. You can click on a category to view all related topics,
3. You can search alphabetically by clicking on a letter,
4. Or you could search all topics on one page,
The cool thing with Alltop is that you can create your own page and choose your own
topics with up to 100 feeds.
Your MyAlltop page has its own unique URL, so you can share your page with your
friends by emailing them your URL.
People can even subscribe to your MyAlltop page via RSS.
Create Your MyAlltop Account
Go to the <MyAlltop> tab, then click on <create an account>,
Enter your username, email address and choose a password.. then click on <Sign Up>,
Confirm your email address when you receive the confirmation email,
Next, click on the Alltop logo to go to the Alltop homepage,
Adding Feeds to your MyAlltop Page
Firstly search for the topics that interest you (refer to the section above on searching for
If you are looking for suggestions, Alltop have provided a startkit with a good selection
of general topics.
When you have found a topic that you want to add to your MyAlltop page.. click on the +
(plus) symbol to add it to your page,
You can add up to 100 feeds to your MyAlltop page.
Managing your MyAlltop Page
You can delete and re-arrange your feeds by clicking on Manage Feeds at the bottom of
From here you can re-arrange feeds by dragging and dropping.. and delete feeds by
clicking on the x near their name,
Once your MyAlltop page is setup you can easily share your topics with your friends by
sending them your MyAlltop URL.
To get your URL click on the MyAlltop tab,
Your URL will be displayed in the address bar of your browser,
You can share your URL with your friends by emailing it to them.. or by tweeting it out on
Twitter or Sharing it on Facebook (at the bottom of the page),
Alltop and MyAlltop are great filtering solutions that allow you to stay informed with the
latest news and happenings, on all your favourite topics.
You are presented more relevant and specific information of your choosing, in a clean
and manageable interface.
Searching for information on Google will always happen.. but knowing how to funnel
information and have it delivered to you can greatly enhance your internet experience.
The Social Media Guide
The Social Media Guide provides helpful advice and tips on connecting you to others,
through the use of social media and social networks.
The Social Media Guide is an authoritative source on current and emerging social media
tools and platforms.
The current explosion in social media technologies has made it easier than ever to
connect with friends, groups, customers and networks with similar interests, from all
around the world.
Businesses can benefit greatly by using social media to market their product, strengthen
brand recognition and attract new customers.
My aim is to show you how social media can be used, to connect with more people
faster, by providing clear and simple solutions.
The Social Media Guide will show you how to extend your reach deeper into the social
web, and connect with more people.
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