After browsing through the main homepage of CNN.com, this week I decided to explore around the website and see what other features the site had to offer.
One thing I found to be particularly interesting was the section of the website called “CNN Trends“. Operated by Zite, a digital magazine application for mobile devices, this page of the CNN website tracks and displays the newest and most popular news of the day from CNN as well as other news media outlets. Zite uses social media networks to track trending topics in the world and evaluates the topics based on content and interest.
The CNN Trends page is set up in a list formation with the topic that is trending the most on the top of the page. Each topic has a featured CNN story with the latest coverage and is either in a written story or video format. What is particularly interesting about the CNN trend page is that in addition to the CNN story there are three stories from other news outlets that are all related to the main trending topic. According to the website, the reason for putting these other stories along side the CNN story is to bring together the most relevant coverage of the topic from different perspectives and outlets. In this way the reader will get a better understanding of the trending issue.
CNN Trends is a great feature of the CNN site because it allows readers to see what are the most buzzworthy topics at that given time and gives them the opportunity to see how other news outlets view the topic. With this feature, readers can stay up to date with the latest news and form their opinions based on multiple sources.