Start-up NewsWhip reveals what the world is talking about

20 Sep 2011

Dublin-based entrepreneurs Andrew Mullaney and Paul Quigley, a new Irish website that tracks online news stories to reveal which are getting the most interest and interaction, has gone live.

The new site tracks tens of thousands of news stories daily and reveals which are getting shared and discussed the most on social networks like Facebook and Twitter, all in real time.

The effect is an evolving picture of the world’s news agenda as decided by social network users.

NewsWhip was conceived and built by Dublin-based entrepreneurs Paul Quigley and Andrew Mullaney, and is based in the NDRC as part of the Launchpad accelerator program.

“We’re thrilled with the product,” said Quigley. “People only share the most engaging and original stories with their social networks, so you can fairly describe as a menu of the day’s most engaging news stories. Between Facebook and Twitter, we have a billion careful editors.”

How NewsWhip works

The website tracks stories on topics such as fashion, business strategy, sports, politics and gossip. In each topic, it shows a ranking of the stories that are trending globally and in various regions, including the US, the UK and Ireland.

“For specific topics, like rugby or fashion, there’s nowhere to find all of the best stories getting traction right now. NewsWhip addresses that gap,” explained Mullaney.

“Plus NewsWhip will give publishers an insight into how readers engage with news stories, just as social networks become a critical distribution channel for news publishers.”

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years