Skeedy is a new service that caught my eye because it lets you “follow subjects you are interested in and be notified as they surface”. There’s nothing public about it; only you will see what topics you’ve selected and the headlines to go with them. It’s a very simple service with one aim, delivering the headlines that interest you most by email. To get started, you can login via Facebook, Twitter or simply create an account.
After you sign up or login, you’ll need to tell Skeedy what type of user you are — geek, fan or calm. As you can see from the image below, this will let them know just how much news you’d like to receive each day — a little bit, an average amount or a whole lot.
All that’s next is to tell Skeedy what interests you. When you first see the home page (before you “follow” any topics) you will see the most recent top topics and headlines for the day. You can follow topics from here by clicking the “follow it” button. After that, items from topics you are following will show on the homepage.
To add more interests, you must use the search bar at the top of the page. If there are results for the topic you type in, you’ll see a few headlines related to it. Once you choose to follow it, Skeedy will ask you to categorize it. The topics you can choose from are pictured below. They ask you this because the actual category links appear along the top of the site. So, when you click on a category, everything that you’ve put under it will show on that specific page. So clicking on “Technology” will show you all of the topics that you’ve put into that category and so on.
The only downside that I could find so far is that, when you click a headline from a category it opens in a new tab and you get an annoying frame (with an ad) above the content. You can, however, click on the “remove this frame” link to get rid of it. I haven’t received an email yet from Skeedy so I can’t tell you how they look but, I’m hoping they’re as clean and organized as the website itself.
I feel that Skeedy is great for those who are overwhelmed with RSS feeds and newsreaders. Here you can pick and choose what you want to read about and even tell them how much of it to send you each day. What more could you ask for?