Meehive.com is a personalized news aggregator site that takes into account the user’s personal interests. The site delivers a custom news page to the user based on interests they specify. The page is divided into sections arranged by subjects, much like a print newspaper. In addition, users can choose to receive a daily email update containing a summary of their customized news stories. Users have the option of telling the site about any RSS feeds that they normally read, and they are incorporated into the user’s news page and email summary. Users can have Friends on the site, and can choose to share their news stories with them.
Users can also have their news stories delivered in the form of updates on Twitter, and can easily share stories with their friends on the major social networking sites. The user’s news page has a custom URL which can be shared. The user can also choose to keep their news page private if they wish. There is a convenient top menu bar provided for navigation, with tabs for Home, which is the user’s news page, Your Interests, where the user specifies their interests, and Your Contacts, which contains the user’s list of Friends on the site. Users have a Profile on the site, with a photo and About Me section as well as their location and the URL to their news page. Users can also choose to search news stories on a particular topic. There is also a local news search, where the user enters their zip code and receives a list of stories for their location.Show more screenshots »
The Mountain View, CA-based Meehive.com site was launched as a subsidiary of Kosmix.com is May 2008. Kosmix.com was co-founded in 2005 by Venky Harinarayan and Anand Rajaraman. MeeHive.com was shut down on Oct 19, 2010.
Competition to Meehive.com comes from sites such as Google News, Yahoo News and Netvibes. Google and Yahoo news provide a similar service to Meehive.com, but do not allow the level of personalization provided by Meehive. Netvibes is more similar to Meehive, yet goes beyond just news to providing the user with a personalized start page that summarizes all of their web-based services. Meehive’s ability to search the news for a particular search string, and pass along stories that match that search string, make it much more customizable than the other services mentioned.
The Meehive.com site manages to convey a lot of information without the news pages appearing cluttered. The site is very responsive, and the user’s news page, which is generated in real-time, displays in a matter of a few seconds. News searches are returned quickly as well. Navigation is intuitive and the user pages are clean and uncluttered. The email and RSS update features work well, as do the news and local news searches. There is no advertising displayed on the site.
Registration to the Meehive.com site is free and is required in order to set up a personalized news page. The registration process asks for first and last name, email address, country and password. User’s can optionally provide more information about themselves in their profile.
Registration is free and there is no premium membership offered to the Meehive.com site.
The Meehive.com site is recommended to anyone who would like to view their daily news in a print newspaper-like format. The site is very well-done, and the news pages are clear and concise. The email and RSS updates are also convenient features, as is the ability to share news stories with Friends on the site or the major social networking sites. The ability to receive news as Twitter updates is also a convenient feature.