StatusCake may be the first port-of-call for anyone looking for website monitoring, but how do you find the best sources of information and discussion on technology news and reviews?
The Internet is awash is websites focusing on technology – it really is hard to know where to start, how to separate the wheat from the chaff, the wood from the trees; anyway enough with the metaphors.
At StatusCake HQ we’ve gone round the team and asked them which technology blogs they can’t live without on a daily basis. What we’re left with is a Top #10 of their recommendations across the technology sector – where you go not just when you want to find out what’s happening at Google or new exciting start-ups, but when you want a review on the latest tablet.
So in no particular order!
#1 The Verge – Founded in 2011 The Verge (always in italics!) covers broad spectrum of topics with features, product reviews and podcasts across tech and science and culture, including the arts.
#2 Mashable – Founded in 2005 in New York Mashable provides plenty of news and resources for the “Connected Generation.” It’s got perhaps one of the most engaged audiences of all tech communities with 20m monthly unique visitors and over 6m followers on social media platforms.
#3 TechCrunch – Like Mashable founded in 2005. TechCrunch enjoys over 12m unique visitors a month, with its community numbering over 2m followers on social media networks. As well as often breaking stories on tech businesses – acquisition and fundraising – its CrunchBase database has become the place to go for information on techn companies, funding and major stories.
#4 The Next Web – Founded in 2008 The Next Web has more than 7.2m monthly unique visitors. The Next Web prides itself on giving an international angle to Internet and technology news and culture, and expands its readership through adding new channels and content partnerships. Like TechCrunch is runs events in Europe and North America.
#5 LifeHacker – Launched in 2005 Lifehacker bills itself as the place for “Tips, tricks, and downloads for getting things done.” Covering topics as diverse as “From the Tips Box”, anything Windows, Mac, Linux, Android or iOS related, careers, health and wine. Lifehacker also has two international editions – Lifehacker Japan & Lifehacker Australia.
#6 Wired – Wired.com (home to WIRED magazine first published in 1993) is part of the massive Conde Nast publishing group – which also owns Reddit (see below) as well as other great blogs such as Ars Technica. Wired’s angle is to look at how ideas and innovation are changing the world. Chris Anderson (writer of The Long Tail, Free) set up his blog GeekDad which was later to become Wired.com. WIRED and Wired.com reach more than 14m readers a month.
#7 Reddit – If you’ve not come across Reddit where have you been? A massive community with a simple bulletin board, users post links or self-posts – other members of the community ranking the post or links up or down. The most popular links making the site’s front page. Users build up kudos through the amount of ups/downs their posts and links get – “karma”. Although part of Conde Nast, feels far from commercial.
#8 Geek – One of the oldest blogs on our list bust still going strong. Founded in 1996 Geek.com features cover anything from buying guides and review for mobile, gaming, gadgets and computer hardware and software.
#9 Forbes – More of a business and lifestyle website than the rest on the list, but Forbes.com has a vast network of writers meaning that there’s always new content – news and commentary. And given Forbes’ size and reputation often with CEOs and senior execs of many of the major technology companies.
#10 Hongkiat – The creation of Hongkiat Lim, since 2007 this website has been giving its readers hints, tips and ideas on technology and design. Based in Malaysia this website has grown considerably and is often mentioned itself by many of the bigger sites – such as Lifehacker and TheNextWeb above.
And don’t forget to tell us what tech blogs you couldn’t live without!
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