Guy Kawasaki (@guykawasaki on Twitter), best-selling author of The Art of the Start and Reality Check, is changing the world . And while I can’t say I always agree with his politics, I sure do love his creativity and what he brings to the world wide web.
Last year he launched Alltop (inspired by popurls), a site described as an online magazine rack . Simply put, it’s a site that aggregates, in a very clean and simple way, the web’s cream of the crop from virtually every topic imaginable. There’s plenty of useful information to be found on Alltop, not the least of which is great blog post ideas.
You’ll find links to blogs and news sites on topics ranging from Acne to Zoology and virtually everything in between. Don’t find what you’re looking for? Suggest to the Alltop crew they add it by sending them an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can even submit your own site or blog for inclusion among the topics. My blog shows up in the radio category.
Sure, there’s Google Search. And if you’re anything like me, you make use of Google Reader or another feed reader that brings your blog subscriptions right to your doorstep. So what’s so special about Alltop? Who uses it? Why? Well, Chris Brogan puts it this way:
Alltop isn’t for you or me. It’s for friends and family and coworkers who aren’t yet surfing at the speed of light with Google Reader, or adding meta commentary via FriendFeed. It’s for our neighbor who still logs into AOL, or people who want to read a sampling of information without a lot of customization.
Now, I consider myself a seasoned surfer, but I find myself often making use of Alltop anyway. Rather than doing a Google search when I’m researching a particular topic, I go to Alltop first to see if it’s covered there. If so, I instantly have a dozen or more of the top blogs on that subject at my fingertips.
Are you a Mom interested in what others in your space are writing about? Then moms.alltop.com is a good place to start. Want to learn how to make a Caramel Machiatto just like Starbucks? Try coffee.alltop.com. Looking to hone your writing skills? Check out writing.alltop.com.
Whether you’re an internet newbie or a seasoned pro, I think you’ll find plenty of benefits at Alltop.
What about you? Can you think of other ways to use Alltop?