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What is Topix?

About Topix

Topix is the world’s largest community news website. You can read, talk about -- and even edit -- the news on over 360,000 of our news pages. Whatever your interests are, we have a news page for you!

Topix is also a place for you to post your own news stories, as well as comment about stories you've seen on the Topix site. Each story and every Topix page comes with the ability to add your voice to the conversation.

Here are just a few of the types of news pages on Topix:

  • All US cities and towns
  • Publicly traded companies
  • Sports and Professional Athletes
  • Celebrities
  • Industry news
  • Health and Drug

[Source: Topix]


Topix began as a news aggregator which categorizes news stories by topic and geography. It was created by Bryn Dole, Rich Skrenta, Brian Truel, Mike Markson, Jeremy Wenokur and Chris Tolles, the founders of the Open Directory Project In March 2005, the Knight Ridder (later taken over by The McClatchy Company), Tribune Company and Gannett media companies purchased a 75% share of the company. On April 1, 2007, it acquired the topix.com domain name and invited volunteers to edit the topics of their choice, on top of over 100 journalists and editors from various newspapers already signed up.

Topix went on to create a community news editing platform, and popular forum system, allowing users to comment on news articles and the goings on of local communities. Topix also created forums, organized by locality as well as by subject matter, which allow visitors to post comments whether or not they are relevant to a particular news story.

Services

  • Local news pages for US and international cities
  • News pages categorized by subject
  • News and blog search engine
  • Forum system
  • Community news editing platform.
  • Blog page featuring popular blogs
  • Local classified ads
  • Local news feeds for web portals such as CNN's
  • Popular "judging" of user posts with the following labels:
    • Brilliant
    • Clueless
    • Interesting
    • Funny
    • Helpful
    • Mean
    • Nuts
    • Offtopic
    • Racy
    • Spam
    • Agree
    • Disagree
    • Touching
    • Incendiary

Controversy

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway and Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal recently questioned the website's practice of charging $19.99 for expedited review of slanderous comments in local forums. According to a press release from Conway’s office, the tools provided by Topix.com to remove the abusive posts are ineffective unless consumers agree to pay the fee. Topix CEO Chris Tolles accused the pair of grandstanding and intimidation, insisting the site operates with appropriate and timely oversight.


[Source: Wikipedia]

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