“Big News” is an interesting new news aggregation service, now in beta

Big News combines RSS, newsletters, and bookmarks in a single app, with offline support for when you don’t have an Internet connection.

The screenshots look like Apple News.

Supposedly, the service has algorithms to surface top stories — it’ll be interesting to see if they can make that work. In my experience, algorithms are hard to implement, and only Apple News and Google News do a good job there.

I like that it combines bookmarks with everything else — within the past few days, I’ve come to the conclusion that using RSS to keep up with high-volume sites like the Washington Post or the Verge are a bad idea, and a person is better off just visiting the site.

Also, I like that there’s just one email address for all newsletters. I like including newsletters in a news aggregator, and services like Inoreader and Kill-the-Newsletter do that for you. But it’s inconvenient generating individual emails for each newsletter. Having just one email address for all of them saves a step.

I’ve signed up for the beta.