A quick Google search of “Cryptocurrency News Aggregator” returns more than a few results. Like cryptocurrencies, news aggregators are popping up every day. So how should you decide which one to use? I took a look at the top 10 results from the Google search and found that faws.com was my favorite. Read below to see why.

News

As a “news aggregator” website, it is absolutely imperative that you get the “news” page right. What I mean is the core product needs to be stellar. The news sources need to be diverse and the layout needs to be easy to read.

What I really like about the FAWS approach is the option to use either the light or dark mode, the ability to customize which specific news sources to use in the feed, AND the ability to switch between Compact, Magazine, and Article layouts. For a UI critic like myself, this sold me.

Coins

As you can see in the screenshot above, you’re given all the usual metrics: Ticker, Name, Price, % Change, Market Cap, and Volume. The price is based on an average of the values from CoinMarketCap, Bitstamp, Gemini, Bittrex, Bitfinex, Poloniex, and Cryptopia.

While the default view is List All, you can organize coins based on your favorites, watchlist, and/or portfolio(s). For those of you that enjoy ticker streams, you will be happy to know that there’s one of those too located at the bottom of the window.

Portfolios

Other than my current position in DBC, the portfolio features here are much like others out there. It offers P/L (Profit/Loss) in %, USD, and BTC.

When comparing this particular screen to others out there, I noticed a big difference in the way the UI was designed. FAWS has taken a much more elegant and stepped approach to adding a new coin to your portfolio. It walks you through each step in a guided way vs a generic form that pops up. I personally find this easier on the eyes and easier to fill out.

Alerts

Whether you’re a day trader, or someone that can’t stop watching the charts, this will come in handy. First, you choose your coin, then you decide the parameters based on $, %, or BTC value.

Once you pick your desired alerts, you can change your alert preferences. For example, you can receive web notifications, a sound, and/or a text message. If you’re really crazy you can check all three! I don’t recommend that unless you want a heart attack.

Sources

As you can see from the screenshot there are a lot of options here. Keep in mind this is about half of them since the image is cropped. How does one choose where they get their news? Well that’s up to you! I would recommend at least 5 sources to keep things balanced.

It also depends on what news you want to receive. If you’re interested in macro events like how Bitcoin is being accepted in the broader global market, I would choose something like Business Insider + CoinDesk + Forbes + Zacks. There are a ton of ways to mix & match here but the important thing is that you understand each news source will have a bias and content type.

Summary

At the end of the day, the news aggregator you pick will depend on what features you need/want beyond just news. Many of them have a lot of the same features and news sources, so you’ll need to decide what else you want that the others don’t have.

Some of the various extras include widgets, comparison tools, predictions, and price converters to name a few. Much like the decisions you’ll need to make when choosing your news sources, the extras that are important to you depend on where you fit in the crypto market.

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