Popurls is not the only SPA on the Intertubes, but it is perhaps the best-designed one. It's spacious yet text-intense. Efficient and pretty. Serious and stylish. The copious amounts of text are broken up by a string of most popular flickr photos, youtube videos, and last.fm songs. Though the unpronounceable funky name appears to be a web 2.0 gimmick, it's actually the product of Austria's 3rd largest export: consonants (behind dead composers and gubernators).
The best part about Popurls is if you want more information about a news item, you can hover over a link to read more without committing to clicking on it. The reduction of unnecessary clicking is the site's best asset. Clicking on a link man, that's practically like getting married. Popurls lets you shop around before you commit.
The SPA is far from a new idea. It's what most search engine portals started out trying to do, and is what Yahoo and AOL sort of still are trying to do in their oafish-dinosaur kind of way. Here's a list of other SPAs:
- 01b: Like an SPA for "deals" and spam. If websites were people, this one would be selling Rolexes out of its trench coat behind a dark alley. I saw an insect and ran away screaming.
- All Top: Like popurls, but adds one or two clicks to everything you do. Thanks for the carpal tunnel, Guy Kawasaki et al.
- Original Signal: Looks like Britney Spears designed a site that pulls up the latest nerd news content. Wtf?
- Popfeeds: Keeps it down to 12 feeds, 2 of which are currently broken. Updated hourly.
- Poopfeedo: I mean popfeedo. Same as everyone else, but the lists are stuck in glass cages of Web 2.0. That wet floor look is soooooo web 2.0. Did I mention this is a web 2.0 page?
- The Web List: Exactly like popurls, but with more blue and slashes. Reminds me of grade school ditto sheets.
- Viral Babble: It's like someone threw hot sand and charcoal all over popurls. Photos, Videos, Social, and Tech news are under different tabs.
Where else am I going to release all my pent-up snarky commentary? See you tomorrow, gentle reader.
(From Solution Watch )