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Watznew: build your personal information portal on the Internet (1/4)
What is the best way to keep up with the latest news and changes on the Internet? Specialized news sites like CNN can give you part of the picture on the day’s hot topics. Sites like Google News and Yahoo!
News offer a constant flow of information from multiple sources - but you can not choose what subjects are presented, nor what sources are used. A monitoring agent like Watznew gives extra flexibility – you can get it to check any newsfeed, Web site or POP3 e-mail account that you wish, and bring you details of the latest additions to these sources. Watznew aims to be a personal information portal on the Internet.

A useful aide in keeping up to date with changes

The information age, as characterized by the Internet, brings about some curious paradoxes: information is freely available from a multitude of sources around the world; at the same time, the sheer volume of information means that it is difficult to follow each interesting source of information on a regular basis. Just keeping up with all the changes in your favorite sites can be a full-time job. And when you visit them, do you take the time to read everything on the page? Rarely. Scanning has become the way of reading on the Internet. A judgment has to be made within a couple of seconds – is this worth my time or should I move on to the next piece of information?

In response to this situation, tools have been developed that partially respond to this problem. Watznew is a good example, that helps in two ways. Firstly, it regularly visits a list of information sources that you have defined, and looks for new information. Secondly, it unites in a single interface the titles and possibly a short extract from all the latest additions to these sources. If you want to know more, the original article can be accessed in a single click. Because Watznew can reach all spheres of the Internet, including but not only, the World Wide Web, it can be a true personal portal. Web sites, newsfeeds, e-mail accounts and newsgroups can all be placed under surveillance.

Watznew is published by A.I. Studio, a Russian software development company. The file size is 1.4 Mo, and many different language versions can be downloaded. A forum is provided on the publisher’s Web site for users to ask questions and share tips on using Watznew. The trial version is unlimited by time constraints, but does not allow you to export messages or channels, and lets you create a maximum of 10 channels.

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