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What's Happening Now?

Published 11/06/2012 and rated Ratingstars3 3 out of 5 stars
by Robyn Valenzuela
What can you use the app for?

Gather is a site that compiles news articles and also provides an outlet for members to post their own commentaries as well. Users can comment on the provided content or they can create their own. The site aims to provide a unique perspective on the latest going-ons. Users can share their own views or join in the conversations that revolve around their favorite topics. The site is also a resource for freelance writers to find their own work. Gather works with hundreds of freelance writers who start thousands of conversations each month. Beyond just reading the latest articles on the site, users can also make friends and find others who share the same opinion as they do. The site features many different articles in many different topics. Some of it is serious, and some of it is just gratuitous entertainment or newsstories. When users find writers whose work they enjoy they can choose to visit that writer's page or even follow all of the articles that they write.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Gather was founded in November 2005 and is based out of Boston, Massachusetts. The site has received a total of $19.8 million in funding from various sources including American Public media.

What are the differences to other apps?

Gather is a crowdsourced news site, which is nice since anyone can express their side of the story and there can be a multitude of opinions shared on the site. The issue with this is that some of the stories and news may not be 100% reliable. The site features articles and commentary every day from thousands of writers.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

Gather's design is professional-looking and setup in a logical manner. Stories are arranged into categories such as sports, celebs, family, food and more. Most stories are highlighted with a small icon or image pertaining to the content. To the right of the page, a stream of user activity and comments is on continual display and constantly is being updated. The site is fast and responsive and there were no bugs encountered during this review.

How does the registration process work?

Users can register for a Gather profile by clicking on the Join Gather button located on the site's homepage. From there, users will be asked to provide their first and last name, email address, username, password, a ReCaptcha verification and they will need to agree to the site's terms of service, privacy policy, community guidelines and acknowledge that they are over 13 years old.

What does it cost to use the application?

Gather is a free service which is supported by advertising revenues.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Gather is a site where users can go to browse many different opinions on the latest stories, or they can got o uncover some of the lesser-known stories that are happening around the world. The site has an active userbase who is not shy to post their comments or opinions based on the content. Some of the users could come off as brash, however for those who are intrigued by such banter and commentary this could be a great site.

  • Share news and commentary
  • Share one's opinion on the latest news
  • Comment on photos or articles
  • Gather has communities in family, food and travel and more

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Telephone: (617) 720-4000
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234 Congress Street, 4th Floor
Boston, MA 02110

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FREE - Permanently free version




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