Welcome to BadBlue News: Breaking News, Sourced by Social Media
Doug Ross of Director Blue is a very talented guy whose work I admire. He has created a new website that may well become an important portal for conservatives seeking the best of the web.
Doug’s own visual work is excellent; much of it is bitingly satirical, as exemplified by his latest graphical commentary on Mitch McConnell below.
Doug is also a highly talented and capable tech guru, and it is this latter skill set that he has brought to bear on an important need for conservatives.
How on earth do any of us keep track of all the original political content being generated? One of the defining characteristics of the internet is that it is wide open. Anyone can publish material and potentially reach the entire world. This is a first in history, and unleashes creative minds (and many other minds as well). So how do we discover the good and distinguish it from the bad and the ugly?
Doug saw this need, and we have been discussing it. He recently wrote to me:
I don't know about you, but I don't have the time to check thousands of websites for breaking news.
Yes, there are some great aggregators out there: Drudge, Twitchy, etc. But all of them rely upon human editors and, most importantly, don't give smaller blogs and websites much of their attention.
That's why we created BadBlue News. It's a very different type of news aggregator because it uses machine learning and automation to achieve massive scalability in assessing news sources and breaking stories. Here's how it's different:
1. It uses social network buzz, not a set of human editors, to determine how important a story is.
2. It levels the playing field for smaller websites and blogs by taking into account traffic patterns; that is, a story on a small blog with 15 retweets might be equivalent to a story on Fox News with 1,000 retweets. The traffic patterns and social buzz are both factored in by BadBlue to offer a much wider range of news coverage than any other aggregator.
3. It never sleeps: BadBlue runs 24x7 and never relies upon human editors making decisions.
BadBlue is growing quickly. From September 2013 to January 2014, page views grew by 20 percent with Google Analytics reporting the average time onsite is a startling 31 minutes!
Check it out and, if you like it, to tell your friends, tweet about it, or like it on Facebook. It offers another mechanism for bypassing the legacy media and its biased incumbents.