Robin Good: NewsWhip is a news discovery service that specializes in bringing you only the fastest spreading news stories on Facebook and Twitter.
The news are organized by main geographical areas and by broad key topics, from which you can select your preferred ones.
From the official site: "NewsWhip's technology tracks all the news published by about 5,000 English-language sources –about 60,000 news stories each day. It gathers social data for each story – how many shares, likes, tweets and comments it has – at repeated intervals, building a live picture of how popular it is, right now. With this information, it calculates a social speed at which each story is travelling. The process is unique, new, and patent pending."
My comments: If you are looking to pick up "trendy" stories across the board or on specific general interest areas NewsWhip may be a great companion. Disappointing if you are looking for quality, in-depth stories in specific niche areas.
Also of interest two tools the company is offering to web publishers:
1) Spike - makes it easy to catch stries that are starting to trend
2) Social Amplifier - exposes your most valuable articles by leveraging your readers preferences via Facebook and Twitter
More info: http://www.newswhip.com/About
Try it out now: http://www.newswhip.com/