If you answered our poll last week, we asked a question on whether you read stories that are trending — whether they are most-read, most-commented or most-shared.
This question is important to us because it helps us gauge audience interest in a story. In our morning news budget meetings, we look at stories that are most-read on our site, and the most-searched terms as well. Sometimes, the most-searched terms have led us to stories we wouldn’t have otherwise found — such as this week’s obituary of local stylist Mitchell Brumfield. It’s another source of information for us.
But there are many ways to present trending stories, and find the latest stories as well.
Automotive news, for instance, lists “most read,” “most commented” and “most recommended.”
CNN categorizes trending stories under “NewsPulse,” where you can see how the most-read stories rate against others in terms of views. If you follow through to the NewsPulse page, you can sort the stories by topic and see how many times they’ve been shared on Facebook or how many comments the stories have received.
We also want to share how the Toronto Sun site allows you a quick glance at headlines from each section. If you scroll over their topics bar, you’ll get a window that highlights latest videos and stories, for instance. Perhaps this could be one way to show what’s also most read or most commented.
All of this is just another way you can filter headlines or graze through all the offerings on a news site. Most of you said in the poll that you glance at the trending stories but only click on one if it’s something that interests you.
We’d like to know what would be most useful to you, as a news consumer. For instance, how would you like them organized?
Also, don’t forget — we’d love to have some answers to our birthday post questions!
- Do you remember your first Internet provider? Who was it?
- How was your life different in 1997, when roanoke.com was founded?
- What’s your birthday wish for roanoke.com?