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As an MSP, you know it’s important to stay up to date on the latest tech trends and best practices, but you’re busy. You don’t have the time to search through a bunch of different websites to get the information you need.

To help you stay informed, we’ve compiled a list of easy- to-use news aggregators to help you save valuable time and effort.

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1. Feedly  is a simple way to pull together useful information easily by topic, URL, or title. It includes several layouts that you can choose from based on your personal  preferences and even has suggested categories, such as tech and business, with popular feeds to follow.

What sets Feedly apart from the rest is that it lets you add your favorite websites, like MSPmentor or Business Insider, which makes it much more customizable and broadens its reach beyond the preloaded sites and categories in the database. Here are some tips to help you get started.

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2. Flipboard has a useful and attractive “Cover Stories” homepage filled with highlights from the topics you follow. It provides nice bright photos, bold titles, and a short description of what each article is about, so it’s an enjoyable way to keep up on business and tech trends.

Some of the searchable categories include tech and business sites such as Forbes, CNET, and TECHCRUNCH. If you want to see topics beyond the suggested categories that are listed in the “Explore” tab, the search bar up top allows you to choose something more specific. Here are some videos on the basics of setting up your account.

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3. news360 comes preloaded with popular categories, such as business, technology, and finance. If you don’t like some categories, they are easy to delete and replace by using the search located at the top of the page or by exploring other popular topics.
A quick click of the tiles expands the category of your choice, including topics such as malware, sales, small business, and more. If you don’t have time to read an article you like right away, save it with one click, and read it later. The site’s simple design makes it very easy to use and navigate. Here’s an introduction video that highlights the app’s features.

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4. Prismatic is one of the simplest news aggregators to use. Everything you need is located conveniently in a sidebar on the left side of the screen. You can save, recommend, share, or remove any article you want to as you scroll through.

Clicking the search field brings you to a page filled with a long list of recommended topics split up into categories, including a wide range of business and tech topics. If you can’t find a topic that interests you, simply type something like “cloud computing” or “business” into the search bar, and a long list of related topics will pop up.

Most of these sites function similarly, and all of them are easy to use. Try a few of them out to see which works best for you. To get the most out of these sites, take the time to search for topics and sites you want to follow. Login and read as regularly as you can.

Whether you’re in the office or on the go, these news aggregators are a useful way to get the news and information you need as an MSP. While you’re at it, you can even add in some topics you like to read about in your free time to mix in a little fun, too.

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Garry Dumas

Posted by Garry Dumas

Garry Dumas is a digital marketing specialist and guest contributor on the SmarterMSP blog.

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