PakHeadlines is a new venture recently launched by two NUCES-FAST alums, Abdul Basit and Mustafa Haroon. Currently in beta, the Web site gathers news from popular news sources around Pakistan and aggregates the headlines on one single page.
The portal also provides links to live streaming of popular TV channels like AAJ TV, GEO and ARY. Mobile users can access this website on wap.pakheadlines.com
The design and usability index of the portal is ‘almost moderate’ with a simple design and content-focused approach. However, the Web site would have looked much better if the moderators have done a little more effort. Currently, they usability of the portal is quite low. Add to this the fact that small fonts are used for headlines (15 are displayed on the front page and the page is refreshed after every two minutes) and no abstracts are attached with them. They can fare better if they update the portal to display the most important news instead of giving headlines about the King of Bhutan and Bangladesh political crisis . Another drawback this website has is that they donâ€™t have a large archive; users wonâ€™t be able to access news after its 5 days old.
While doing a review on this portal, I asked one of the team members about their plans of future expansion and if they have taken the permission from the channels shown on their website and if they can do well in this age of feed readers.
Weâ€™ve launched a very basic set of features in the beta release of our website. The prototype has been placed in the market to see the response of users. Yes, there are feed readers â€“ tons of news website that are available out there. Although we took the risk to provide all headlines that are collected from popular news sources and place them on one single page, avoiding too much of news that one might have to read through any feed reader. All news is also linked back to their actual news source so that interested users can read more from the source. For the next upcoming release, weâ€™ve planned to include full news from the sources so that users wonâ€™t have to run away here and there to read more. Quick access to weather forecast and weâ€™re trying to include forex as well.
Let’s see if this venture is successful or….