We are back with the first of many updates for 2020! We have a new set of features designed to give you more control over your news feed and we want to give you an explanation of how to use them as well as a bit of insight into how the feeds are put together and organised. So let’s get straight to it!
Most of the features we are talking about here will only work if you register and login to the website. We don’t want your personal data, we are not harvesting, selling, or sharing it and we are totally committed to transparency in this area. We simply can’t give you a personalised news feed if you don’t sign in. You can register directly on the website, or use Facebook/Twitter logins if that is more convenient. We’ll expand that to include more options in due course!
We have a team of curators that will monitor all the news coming in, and we’ll make sure there is a core feed of fresh, interesting news for a broad range of interests. Our curators ensure there is a base level of content for anyone using the site even if they don’t have connections in the community or follow particular news sources. We’ll try to keep the news coming at a steady pace, catching the big stories and offering some diversity without abundant duplication.
Every article you open will have a ‘Beacon’ button. Clicking this button lights it up, and that does 2 things:
- It contributes points to the article’s score, which is used to determine where the article shows up in the home page feed and on the news pages for people using the ‘Trending’ order.
- It highlights the article to anyone you are friends with and anyone that follows you, bringing that article into their news feed (if their own preferences aren’t blocking it out).
You can think of it like a ‘Share’ button, or don’t think about it at all and just click it whenever you like an article. You can light up the beacon on anything that appears in your personalised feeds, or you can go fishing in the completely unfiltered “All News” channel and be the one that finds the quality content and starts the spread!
Watch a source website
If you like an article or you already have some favourite websites then you can make sure your feed includes all of their content. Click the icon that looks like an eye and ‘Watch this source’.
Note that if you are more interested in catching all the content that a person submits to us then just follow that user or send them a friend request – Everything they submit will go into your feed via the Beacon system.
Share to other platforms
Beacons are the way to share content to your community of friends on GameOnDaily.com, but maybe your friends haven’t discovered us yet. You can share articles to other platforms at the click of a button with Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit all supported immediately and we’ve made it easy to copy a URL to your clipboard if you want to share beyond those platforms.
Block out the bad stuff
There may be some content and some websites you really don’t like for any number of reasons. Hit the little flag button and you can choose to block out a single article, or block a source to get rid of all the content from that website. There are a couple of areas things may still show (like the carousel), but your core news feeds will be free of them.
Report the really bad stuff
Another function available under the flag icon. If an article breaches some guidelines or has simply been submitted wrong then you can flag it up for attention from our team of moderators. We will flesh this out to allow more specific reports in the near future, but for now you can be assured we’ll take a look and take action if necessary.
Manage your personal lists
There is a new section on your profile that you can use to see and manage your own watched and blocked content, so you can easily undo any regrettable clicks if you need to.
This isn’t even our final form!
With these features we’re approaching a point where we’re happy with foundations of our News pages. We still have big ideas to expand and improve on what we have built, but we are also preparing the next core components of our platform. What, you thought we were going to stop at News Aggregation? Not by a long shot! We still have a lot to do, and we expect 2020 to be a very exciting year us!
As always, if you have any questions or suggestions for us then please comment below or send us some feedback on [email protected].
The GameOnDaily Team