At the top of its game

By JAMIE N. STEPHENS answers the hard-hitting questions that interest the world. What separates Alltop from your average search engine is that the site goes further in depth to answer your detailed questions. For example, where a normal search engine answers a question like, “How many people live in Japan,” Alltop answers more advanced questions like “What’s happening in Japan?”

Their search process is simple: by collecting the headlines of the latest stories from the best sites and blogs that cover a topic, Alltop then groups these collections — “aggregations” — into individual web pages. Finally, they proceed to display the five most recent headlines of the information sources as well as their first paragraph—and that’s the magic of their system.

This cultivating site satisfies all interests with a diversity of hot topics including anything from adoption, zoology, food and science to religion, celebrities, fashion, sports, politics and automobiles.

“You can think of Alltop as the “online magazine rack” of the web. We’ve subscribed to thousands of sources to provide “aggregation without aggravation,” Alltop tells users. “To be clear, Alltop pages are starting points — they are not destinations per se. Ultimately, our goal is to enhance your online reading by displaying stories from sources that you’re already visiting plus helping you discover sources that you didn’t know existed.” provides users with four simple ways to find a topic in which they cover; first by entering a term in Search Topics to find topics related to the term; secondly, by choosing a category to view all related topics; then by clicking a letter to view alphabetically; and lastly by viewing every topic alphabetically on one page.

Overall, allows users an abundance of freedom and convenience in which many source sites lack. From customizing your order of feeds to adding sites that aren’t included to suggesting sites through their suggestion form, is in a league of its own in developing news journalism.

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