Is there any place where you can find all the latest and most interesting African news online? No, There isn’t. And that’s the reason why the largest African news aggregator has been launched this week. It’s called MyAfrika
A news aggregator is a place where people come to share interesting content they have discovered across the web. They would submit the content in the form a link or a text post, then other users would vote their submission “up” or just “ignore”. Users’ vote determine how worthy is a shared content and also influence the content position on the site’s pages and front page.
From the very beginning, the Internet has been all about sharing, asking questions and receiving answers from peers, corporates, or a communities. In fact, the websites with the maximum of traffic and users’ engagement are those that enable direct interaction people and machine based on sharing, commenting, asking questions and sharing knowledge. The most prominent link sharing communities are Reddit, Hackers News, Slashdot, StumbleUpon
A news aggregator is like Facebook but not limited to your friends and connections. It’s anonymous by nature, and therefore allows more open discussions on various topics with extremists and reasonable people, conservatives and libertarians, gamers, teens, students, single moms, etc. Discussions could be harsh, but people come from all places to try to convince others or at least have an actual discussion on an intellectual level.
MyAfrika is like Reddit, the most influential users curated news website in the world. It boasts more than 1 billion page views each month. In 2012, the site saw 400 million unique visitors and 37 billion page views, two numbers that place it easily in the world’s most trafficked sites.
Reddit’s front page submissions regularly have more than 1,000 comments with some submissions reaching over 9,000 comments, like this submission which asked, “What stupid question have you always been too embarrassed to ask, but would like answered?”
Without news aggregator like MyAfrika or Reddit countless great sites, blogs, articles, journals, videos, images and other pieces of online content would go unnoticed and unshared, lost in obscurity and never given the ability to be seen by tens of thousands.
African bloggers, publishers and influential minds are invited to join MyAfrika to make it a strong online community as Reddit is for America.