About Utne AltWire

AltWire is an aggregator of new ideas and perspectives that allows users to track what other people are reading. The software follows hundreds of groups and individuals picked by Utne editors, and records the links they tweet from a variety of sources. So, when the National Resources Defense Council tweets a story about Obama’s environmental policy from OnEarth Magazine, it pops up here. Fully searchable and updated constantly, AltWire is a powerful tool to see what’s happening below the mainstream radar right now. 

And for the curious reader, here are the nuts and bolts:

What are those Influencers toward the top of the page?
These are people and groups that Utne editors have hand picked to follow on Twitter. Many of them, like Tom Philpott and Jay Rosen, are flesh-and-blood reporters and academics. Others, like Grist Magazine and NASA, are publications and agencies that sometimes tweet stories before they have a chance to reach headlines (we assume there's a flesh-and-blood person behind NASA's Twitter feed, but you never know). When one of our Influencers tweets about a new study or news article, you can see it here.

When I move my cursor onto an Influencer's picture, I see a number. What's that?
That's their Mojo. Mojo is a ranking within our AltWire page based on reader interest. If people tend to click on stories that Glenn Greenwald has tweeted, he has a higher ranking. The highest Mojo is 1000.

And what are those "mentions" I see below each story's headline?
That's the number of Influencers the post has, meaning the number of people and groups in our list that have tweeted it. 

How do I know where these stories are coming from?
You can see the original source below each headline, or you can click on the story. 

Can I see the original tweets?
You can find those by clicking on one of the AltWire posts. Just scroll down when you get to the story.

So that's it! With this powerful tool, you can see stories and ideas that are trending right now from hundreds of sources and conversations. Try it out!