News Filters Explained

Have you ever wanted to personalize a website for your own reading interest and style? That is what the Phys.org "News Filters" feature is designed to do. You can set up your topics of interest and ways you want Phys.org to display headlines. The easy 1-click access from any page make "News Filters" convenient to use.

For example, a reader wants to only access last week stories from Physics, Astronomy and Math. He wants them to be presented sorted out by popularity -- from most popular to least popular. Once he sets up such a filter, (let's call it "My Filter 1"), the reader has easy access to it from any page of Phys.or. Now, the readers' personalized content is available any time. Subsequently, he can set up additional filters with other content topics, time framer and sorting method choices ("My Space Filter 2", "My Biotech Filter 3", etc.).

How it works

Phys.org account holders have the advantage of pre-selecting specific areas of personal interest by setting "News Filters." They are located in the "My News" application at the top of the Home page or on the right hand column underneath the log-in/out setting.

Setting up "News Filters" takes less than a minute and will save you hours of wasted time browsing for content.

To set News Filters, click on "My News". You will see a menu of news categories and sub-categories. As an example, setting up Filter 1 requires you to select among categories like Nanotechnology, Physics, Space & Earth, Electronics, Technology, Chemistry, Biology, Medicine & Health, Other Sciences. Within each main category there may be up to 10 sub-categories. You may select as many or few of the categories and sub-categories as you like.

News filters feature

Secondly, you may select under "Show", All or Spotlight only news stories. Selecting 'Spotlight' will only include the most interesting headlines in your news filter results. (Read more about Spotlight news stories here.)

Third, you may select under "Period", All, Last Day, Last Week, or Last Month. This will restrict the time frame for your news filter headlines.

Fourth, you may select the "Order" of the display by choosing Default, Date, Rank, LiveRank or Popular. A sub-set of "Order" is your preference for DESC, (descending order) or ASC, (ascending order).

Last, click "Save" and return to the list or set up another "News Filter".

Remember you can set as many or few news filters as you like.

You need to be a member of PhysOrg and be logged-in to use this feature (don't have an account? create one here).

For the best results use the "News Filter" application in conjunction with "Unread News" and you will see what a difference it makes in personalizing your reading content.