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Pop News Delivered Simply, Beautifully; The Junk Machine Launches

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SOURCE The Junk Machine

SAN DIEGO, July 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Junk Machine gives readers a new way to consume online news.

Instead of "like" and "dislike", The Junk Machine gives the reader a choice of eight webby reactions:  lol!, omg, smh,  way cool, inspiring, smart, stoopid, and scanDelicious.

The news and pop culture website, www.thejunkmachine.com, aggregates the news from a variety of sources in an appealing format that allows the user react to them quickly and see crowd-sourced reactions of other users.

Founder, Ben Karst says, "The first thing we did was to try and create a beautiful way to browse incoming viral content. Next, we gave our users a quick and dirty way to react to content they connect with."

Dispensing with the simplistic thumbs up concept, The Junk Machine gives the reader a choice of eight webby reactions to the stories:  lol!, omg, smh,  way cool, inspiring, smart, stoopid, and  scanDelicious.  A central feature is the ability to sort all stories by these reactions with a top-of-page tool bar. Readers can also leave comments in the frame of each story they view.

"We've integrated a tool that allows the user to react to content in less than 10 seconds and built a framework that takes full advantage of the reactions in the way the content is surfaced," he said.

"When the user visits our homepage, she can immediately see the way others have reacted to pop news stories and decide what kind of content you want to see," he said.  "Registered users are able react to stories themselves and keep a 'board' of the stories they have reacted to."

About The Junk Machine

The Junk Machine (http://www.thejunkmachine.com/) is a powerful news aggregation and engagement platform for today's generation of Web users.  It was the creation of Ben Karst, who has had a ten-year career in software development on the West Coast. Karst is a graduate of Kansas State University and resides in San Diego.

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