Probably the laziest way to start any article is to take a pertinent word and tell readers how many times it shows up in Google.
'Did you know that death by jam is a real danger? Well it is! There are over 44 million pages on Google talking about it!'
We get it. There's a lot of stuff on the internet. But what's good? What's worth reading? How can you avoid being killed by jam?
Well, now we can answer the first two questions with our brand new 'What we're reading' section.
We've had a 'Web Links' section on the bit-tech
front page for a while, surfacing articles from a selection of our favourite websites. However, Web Links was entirely automated, so we had no direct control over the content there.
With What We're Reading, we're using some cool technology from a US start-up called Publish 2
, which enables everyone on the bit-tech
and Custom PC editorial team to save interesting links, with notes, and easily display them on the site.
The links are in the same place as 'Web Links' - at the bottom of the front page, so you'll need to scroll down to find them - and they'll be refreshed throughout the day. You can easily see which site the story links to, which of us saved the link, and there's a short note explaining what's good about it.
This new feature will enable us to share interesting, up-to-the-minute stories with you guys, and provide you with something to read while we're writing the next day's content. I'd like to thank Jamie, bit-tech
's star coder, for getting it up and running, and Ryan and Scott at Publish 2 for their help.
Let us know your thoughts in the comments!