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How to keep up with what’s happening in Africa

NB: Africa Freak Top has now been discontinued, and its best features are to be incorporated into the main project.

Do you know how many active websites there are on the World Wide Web?

Over 600 000 000 (depending on the source you read)!

And out of those six hundred million websites, how many focus on Africa?

OK, that’s a tricky question I agree (and I’ll take a wild guess as it is not easy to find a good estimate)! 🙂

Let’s assume, as a “safe” bet, that there are +/- one million websites that are either from Africa or entirely dedicated to the African continent.

Quite frankly though, if you consider the worldwide sources that have at least a section of their website dedicated to Africa, then we are probably talking about millions of websites, or perhaps even more (depending on your criteria)!

Now my last question is as follows: can you, as an Internet user, keep up with what is happening in Africa when it comes to new information and general Africa news?

Heard the expression “information overload”, right?

There is so much information out there (and a lot of it is being added every single day) that it is simply IMPOSSIBLE to keep up with all the “noise”!!!

Unless…

Unless you are able to filter through that information to be only left with what YOU are looking for!

Got your attention?

Splendid! 🙂 Let’s carry on shall we… 😉

3 Ways to Sort Through Information

Today, there are three ways to keep up with the flow of information on the web. You can either do it the “old” (slow) way, or the “clever” (and much more efficient way):

1. Go to your favorite Africa-related news sites for new stories and interesting articles to read. This is totally doable, but it becomes a bit of a nightmare when you have dozens of favorite website sources to check out on a regular basis.

2. Alternatively, you can subscribe to Africa-related “RSS feeds”. In other words, instead of having to search for new information, the latest updates from your favorite Africa websites are delivered directly to your inbox or RSS Reader (if you don’t know what RSS is, relax; you won’t need it anymore).

OR (and this is where it gets interesting)…

3. You can use a single website that becomes your home for reading all the new information you’re interested in.

I Got an Idea

Inspired by news aggregators such as Alltop and Popurls, which both share some of the most popular stories and websites from around the web, I decided to apply a similar strategy for Africa-related content.

And this, my friends, is how Africa Freak Top was born… 😉

Africa Freak Top in a Nutshell

Simply put, Africa Freak Top collects, organizes and shares “all the top news and stories from Africa” in near real time.

In other words, if you know a website related to Africa, chances are it might already be on Africa Freak’s “Top” section.

We’ve already subscribed to some of the top Africa-related resources on the web for you (and I’m talking about over 1200 RSS feeds in total).

Why make it difficult when it can be easy, right? 🙂

From now on, all you have to do is consult the website once in a while to get the top Africa news and related stories on one platform.

How to Use Africa Freak Top

Africa Freak Top is specifically designed so you can easily find the information you’re interested in.

You can stay updated with all the top Africa-related news and content in two ways:

1. Search through the main Categories:

Homepage

Business

  • Jobs

Culture

  • African American
  • Entertainment

Education

  • Development
  • Health

Environment

  • Birding
  • Conservation
  • Photography
  • Wildlife

News

  • Blogosphere
  • By Region
  • Good News
  • News FR

People

  • Politics

Science

  • Technology

Sports

Travel

  • Overlanding
  • Safaris
  • Voluntourism

2. Search for information By Country. Whether you are from South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia, Egypt or any other African nation, you will definitely find info relevant to your country as all 55 states are being featured.

NB: We are adding new content on an ongoing basis, so please be patient if you feel that your country or favorite category is under-represented.

Cool Features

– All the latest headlines have a little “new” sign besides them. Stories are considered new when they have been written in the past 24 hours!

– To read a story, simply click on the news headline you like. You can also hover on it to get a quick preview of what the story is all about.

– In essence, only the last 5 headlines appear under each news source (BBC News – Africain this case).

– By clicking on the More ▼ button though, there’s a lot more to discover.

Cheers and happy reading! 😉

What Do You Think?

How do you like the idea so far?

Is this something you are interested in?

Comments, suggestions or constructive criticism would be much appreciated… 😉

After all, this is all about you and how I can help to improve your overall reading experience!

PS: What you currently see is only the tip of the Iceberg! I have a much larger vision in mind, and I will share this vision with you in the weeks to come! But first of all, I’d really love to hear your feedback!

Watch this space as a lot more is on the way! 🙂

PPS: Sharing is caring! 🙂 If you like what you see, feel free to share this post on facebook, twitter or any other social media platform! You can also use one of the sharing buttons below! Cheers! 😉

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