After months of development and weeks of eager anticipation, we’re excited to invite you to try out Trove, a site that allows you to bend the news to your will.
Log in through Facebook Connect at Trove.com, then check out our streams of customized news organized in channels.
Trove is an interesting news exploration experiment from the Washington Post. It’s in beta form so we’re looking forward to seeing it evolve. So far it seems like a great discovery engine, in some ways.
But we haven’t been able to figure out how it would be more useful, or visually pleasing, than a typical RSS reader, aggregators like Mediagazer or Techmeme, or something more advanced for tablets like Flipboard. It’s not socially curated enough, especially since you have to sign in on Facebook (the introductions say it culls linkage items to personalize your news dashboard but that did not seem to work for us at all). And much of the content is the same articles you’d find if you Googled a news topic, or, even easier, visited Google News (which has been getting better and better at promoting quality content).
Also, the “Conversations” section should be closer to specific articles, not on a separate message board in another part of the site.
We’d like to see more social curation, better graphics, and more quality content bubbling to the top.
What are your thoughts?