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Scoopinion

Personalized News Search Tool


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Published 01/20/2012 and rated Ratingstars4 4 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

Scoopinion is an application that combines user opinion with news content. The site gathers information based on what the user’s friends and others with similar interests are reading. Using that information, Scoopinion picks out news stories that match and provides a news summary to the user. A rating system is included so users can share their opinions and help refine the news story results. The homepage includes a feed of recent stories that can be filtered by newest, hottest or top scoring stories. Each story is presented with the headline, image, publication name and a snippet from the story. The user can click the headline to read more. The user can also filter story sources by language. Quantities vary by language, with English having the most content followed by Finish and German.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Scoopinion was created to give users an effective way to narrow down their daily news reading. The service is enticing, although the site is currently very limited in terms of quantity of content. 192 English news source are covered however some languages, such as Chinese, Italian and Portuguese, have three or fewer. The site is not widely discussed and has not yet made a strong impression with internet users and media websites.

What are the differences to other apps?

The concept behind Scoopinion makes it an appealing alternative to browsing numerous news resources each day. The site takes the user’s preferences as well as those of their friends and user them to filter available news stories. The user is given a summary of stories they are actually interested in rather than an enormous list of stories they do not want to read. The site covers many languages, although some are only minimally covered.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

Scoopinion favors light blue and white which adds a little flavor to the site’s conservative design. News summaries are presented in a list down the page along with small images and headlines. The site looks modern but doesn’t assault the viewer with banner advertisements or other clutter that is often found on other sites. The site loads quickly and allows the user to jump right into the content as soon as they arrive on the homepage.

How does the registration process work?

A new user can get started by clicking the blue “Create Account” link in the upper, right hand corner of the homepage. A dark blue button along the right hand side is also available for users who prefer to sign in with a Facebook account. Users who go the traditional route are presented with a short registration form that asks for a full name, email address and password. The user must check the terms and conditions box on the following page to continue after submitting the form. A large gold button invites the user to install the browser app. Users can skip this step using the small blue link in the lower, right hand corner. The user is immediately logged in to their new account.

What does it cost to use the application?

Scoopinin invites all users to sign up for free. There are no subscription fees and the user does not have to make any purchases to maintain account access. The site provides all users with the same level of access to its features. The user can link to their Facebook account or use Scoopinion without a social networking account. Free access is the best way to go because the site obtains its news stories from many free resources that the user could otherwise access on their own.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Scoopinion is helpful for anyone who frequently reads news stories on the web. The site can help the user spend less time browsing for content they are interested in and more time actually reading it. The application gathers information using the preferences of the user, their friends and others like them to refine the stories they are presented with. There are many places to gather news content, however Scoopinion helps streamline the process for the user.

  • Users can register with a Facebook profile
  • Ratings help the user find news content they are interested in
  • Scoopinion gathers preferences from the user and their friends to refine news summaries
  • Browser widgets can be installed for quick access to the application
  • News categories help the user explore available stories


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