Individual.com is a free customized Internet news service that continuously
adapts to provide business people with the best news, information and
services to put them ahead in work and life. Unlike other alternates,
Individual.com offers the Web's largest collection of business, financial,
industry, trade and company-specific news and information uniquely
personalized to deliver better targeted, better customized and more relevant
news and information to the business professional.
Where does the news come from?
Individual.com has relationships with information providers who send us their
content electronically around the clock via Comtex, a news aggregator. Our
news comes from over 70 sources including many major sources you have trusted
for years. The content you receive comes directly and verbatim from these
sources; Individual.com does not create or edit any news.
does Individual.com work?
You choose the topics and companies you want to follow in your Individual.com
profile. Based on your profile, we search and categorize our news sources
(domestic and international) for you using our proprietary and sophisticated
value of Individual.com becomes quickly apparent to the user when he or she
begins to navigate the individualized content. No other site can match the
value-add provided by our processing tools. 24-7, thousands of stories are
categorized into over 200 popular topics and ranked by our proprietary
algorithms -- displaying the most insightful stories first. We also rely on
you, the user, the help us refine our system by telling us when a story is
incorrectly categorized. The result is that business users get only the
stories that are relevant and useful to their business and interests.
How is the news presented?
Individual.com can be seen in two ways -- email format and via the
Individual.com Homepage. In order to use either format, you must register
with Individual.com. Once you register, you can create your own
individualized homepage where all your individual preferences, interests, and
topics will be displayed.
can also register for two daily emails that present up to four topics of your
choosing. The emails are sent out between 4 and 6 a.m. EST and between 10
a.m. and 12 p.m. EST.
the email and your customized homepage work so well together, most
individuals use both methods, scanning the email for major stories in his or
her major topic areas and then using the Website to "drill down"
deeper into other topics. Individuals can also explore areas outside of their
topics by accessing the Newdesks.
the topic level, Individual.com initially presents news as headlines and
briefs. The briefs are short snapshots of the articles designed to quickly
give you the gist of the article. If you want to know the "whole
story", you can click on any headline to see the full text. Since the
full text is always stored on the Website, you will need to have Internet
access when you want to read the full text.
What industries are covered?
Individual.com has over 200 popular topics (and growing!). These topics cover
business, finance, high-technology, telecommunications, Internet, computer,
healthcare, energy, business, transportation, and the environment.
topics pull stories every day?
Most topics do, unless it is a very slow news day. However, there are some
highly defined, niche topics which may not pull stories every day. Some
company topics don't pull news every day either.
How long do stories remain on Individual.com?
Individual.com stories are available for 30 days. To access a prior day's
stories, use the date drop down option at the top of each major page. This
drop down option allows you to select the prior date you are interested in.
From that point forward, all the articles you read will be dated with date you
select. If at any point you want to revert back to today's date or another
date, just select the new date from the date drop down option at the top of
each major page. Each time you exit the site, it will revert back to the
current day's date.
Does Individual.com cost anything?
No, Individual.com is completely FREE! We can do this by keeping our overhead
low and selling as much advertising as possible. There are two things you can
do to help us with this -- one, tell all your friends and colleagues about us
and two, tell any potential advertisers about us. Remember, the better we do
financially, the better the service can become.
Can I redistribute Individual.com stories?
You can send any article to a friend or colleague by using the Email a Friend
option at the top and bottom of an article. Also please tell your friends and
colleagues about us -- the more users, the better the service. For complete
details, please refer to Individual.com’s Terms of
Service for more details.
How many topics can I have in my settings?
Individual.com offers you a choice of over 200 topics from which to choose.
You can have up to 100 topics in your settings. To avoid creating your own
information overload, though, we suggest having fewer than 100 in your
profile. Like maybe 10 to 20.
Can I change my settings?
Absolutely. Individual.com is meant to be as dynamic as you, so feel free to
change your settings at any time. We have tried to make this as easy as
possible by giving you as many entry points to your settings as possible.
Simply click on the My Settings link at the top and bottom of each page or
select any of the options in the My Setting box on the left navigation bar.
Within each mode, you can add, remove, or re-arrange your selections to fit
your unique needs.
can also make changes to your personal information and password by selecting
the My Personal Information link.
My Preferences link also contains important information.
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