via @AlanGMarz I became aware of www.inkl.com/. For a long time I’ve been looking for a good news site that aggregates diverse news, filters out the best and gives me recommendations based on my reading habits. There are a few apps for this in the Google Play Store. These work more or less well.
I’ve been using inkl for a few days now and I don’t know yet if I will continue to use it. Basically, I think it’s great that you have access to numerous articles that are otherwise hidden behind a paywall. I like the selection that I can see in my phone and the newsletters that go with it. However… there follows a however.
I’m fluent in English, but when it comes to news, I usually prefer the German format. News from Bloomberg or The Atlantic are not always tailored to be cosmopolitan. Of course, I’m also mainly interested in what’s happening in Germany, and that’s where it gets thin. On the other hand, I get a lot of world news. They are wonderfully readable and well presented in the app.
However, I catch myself doing the following: While there are articles in my feed reader that I want to read, I open inkl and see what’s out there. Over 90% simply don’t interest me. Some articles I save for later and even less articles I click on directly.
For me, I think the following: If inkl becomes country-specific at some point and offers premium articles from the Süddeutsche or other major newspapers for Germany, for example, it will become more interesting for me again. As it is, however, I simply don’t feel addressed and force myself to use the app. That’s not how it’s supposed to be.