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by Ian on February 14, 2009

As you may know, we recently took over ownership of, the social bookmarking site for Catholics. A feature that we are currently adding to the site is a news agregate so that Pick a Fig will be a one-stop source for Catholic headlines and other media. We need your help figuring out what all should be part of the site. We are already planning on adding the following feeds:

  • Zenit
  • Catholic News Agency
  • Life Site News
  • SQPN
  • Vatican YouTube
  • Saint of the Day from Catholic Exchange
  • CathNews
  • Headline Bistro
  • American Papist

Please give us suggestions for other sources for this great site!

Thank you for your help.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

GodSpace February 14, 2009 at 7:21 pm despite YOUR belief that there aren’t any REAL Catholics in California, present company, the Easters and Maurices excepted. ;-))


Lisa Hendey February 14, 2009 at 7:25 pm

Thanks for asking and for making the effort to include reader input! I’d love to see Faith and Family Live represented on the site.


Dan Burke February 14, 2009 at 7:27 pm

Hey Ian – I looked into this before you took it over. I actually would like to implement it but for someone who is less technical and strapped for time, it is a bit clugy – or at at least the instructions are. If you could make it more user friendly for the google and other major blog engines, that would be fantastic. … Catholic Culture is also a great site for feeds.


Deacon Patrick February 15, 2009 at 10:47 am

Parish blog and personal blog listings.


Ian February 15, 2009 at 4:49 pm

I think that St. Blogs covers the parish and personal blog angle.


Kevin J Jones February 16, 2009 at 5:31 pm

People who want automated feeds from those sites can use an RSS reader. I advise not trying to reduplicate what functions better elsewhere.

Shouldn’t the site try to collect what other people are interested in and build a “community”?

Right now the automatic feeds seem to outnumber the regular users.


Ian February 17, 2009 at 12:53 pm

Hi Kevin,

We are going to work on expanding the community involvement but we think that a single source for the best in Catholic news is a good thing to have as we aren’t aware of a similar service elsewhere.

If you have suggestions on how to get the Catholic community more involved with the site, we are certainly open to suggestions.

I like RSS feeds but having a single page to check out the latest news is much handier than browsing through a feed list in Firefox.


Kevin J Jones March 3, 2009 at 6:00 pm

Hello again,

I fear you don’t understand the attraction of sites which use PickAFig’s system.

As I see it, two major groups who use these kinds of sites are

A) Users who want to see what is popular with other people

B) Users who want to promote pages they like or create in hopes of making them popular with other people.

Premature automation destroys the appeal to group A. Everything is rated “1,” so there is no popularity filter effect, and it’s a computer.

Further, the contributions of people in group B get drowned out by all the automatic links posted. Who wants to post an awesome web link when it will be quickly driven to page 3 or 4 not by an active human community, but by a computer program?

I’d enjoy it more if there were only three or four new links a day, if they were posted by real people.

I like what the site has tried to do, and I’ve hung around in hopes of helping it get off the ground, but if all I see is “Posted by RSS” I’m not going to waste my time.

Good luck.


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