This is so freaking brilliant I can’t type fast enough. Here comes a game changer and a HUGE time saver. Newsle tracks your friends in the news and so much more. Check it:
Newsle just scored super points with me, in case you can’t tell. As a public relations professional I spend A TON of time researching, tracking and building relationships. Throughout my entire life I’ve always enjoyed emailing (and then tweeting, Facebooking, etc…) my friends who are spotlighted in the media. I have set up Google Alerts for some, randomly check out Facebook pages, Twitter profiles and blogs for others and some I find out about serendipitously. Not anymore.
The photo above is what pops up on your Newsle feed (or in email notifications) when a contact of yours from Facebook or Linkedin is mentioned in the news. What I like even more are the actions you can take from the notification. You can choose to turn email alerts on or off for the individual, forward the article via email, tweet directly to the person or send them a private Facebook message.
TIP: If you’re building a media list of journalists or bloggers, create a Newsle for each of them.
(You’ll notice the ability to select “wrong person,” all users have the ability to make Newsle work smarter.)
You have three viewing options from the site: home, people and “me.” “Home” lets you see all of your friends in the news, “people” lets you manage your alerts and “me” is your own personal news feed all about you. There’s even a “famous friends” widget to keep tabs on highly influential people in your social networks.
And then, of course, there are your not-as-famous-but-still-quite-awesome-friends found just below. You can tweak settings to make sure you’re seeing exactly who you’d like. Also in the column are the world’s most trending people being discussed (nice if you’re into pop culture, news or work in the media).
Your friends aren’t the only ones getting tracked. You have a personal view, too. In order to make sure your articles are getting pulled, you have an option to select whether or not Newsle has the right “you.”