Run, It’s a Giant Rubber Regator!
Regator is a neat new social information aggrigator, *nudge*nudge* gator get it, site. At the moment, it’s in private beta but if you look around you may find some invites left *cough* techcrunch *cough*cough* readwriteweb. Anyhow, back to the site, it’s a neat implementation of the social news sites like Digg or Slashdot but focusing on blogs instead of general web sites. Now, the line can be fuzzy at times with blog sites just commenting on something from a web site, but that doesn’t take away from Regator, just points to something about the state of blogging today.
I for one enjoy sites like this, someplace I can scan articles, read the ones that interest me then go on to the next. Like many of the social news sites, you can vote articles up and down, there’s leaderboard with the more popular topics and little trending arrows, and a list of channels. The front page can sort the articles into ‘Top Rated’ and ‘New Posts’ as well as open the ‘Blog Directory’ for all of the blogs Regator has indexed, listed alphabetically by subject of the blog. According to Regator’s own FAQ:
Our editors spend more time than they’d care to admit slogging through the murky swamp of the blogosphere in search of content that’s relevant, useful, well-written, frequently updated, and original. Then we put it all in one place just for you.
So we can assume Regator is using human power to organize the information, much like Mahalo, therefore the indexing, and by extension the searching based on the indexing, is fairly accurate or at the very least consistant.
One comment I’ve read so far, talks about how all that Regator shows on the front page are excerpts of the articles listed, and even clicking ‘Read More Summary’ just expands just that, a summary. To read the entire article you can click the title header of the article however, and see the original in all it’s glory. Another interesting thing Regator does, media files are played in a pop-up window within Regator itself, you are not bounced to the source site or have another window spawned open to said source site, nice feature.
Over all, I’m liking Regator, and will keep checking it to both use the service and to see how it evolves over time.