About Trending Views
Trending Views is a content community in which users help manage groups and submit content. We are a conglomerate of category-based groups that are created and managed by users. We allow users to write blogs, articles, and stories. We allow users to upload photographs, pictures, and videos.
We are not a news provider, but many of our users write or blog about current events and the news. We remind users to focus on facts and cite their sources if they're talking about something in the news.
We have many users who like to provide commentary on current events, news, society topics, culture, entertainment, and other topics.
All views are welcome on this site. We just want to have fun, so feel free to join us.
I went through News Guard's list of items that would make a website rank in their green category. I specify each of the categories on their nutrition label and where I think we rank with them.
Does not repeatedly publish false content.
- No, we do not. I refuse to. I prefer to link to credible sources and ever since I installed the News Guard app to my Chrome browser, I can now make sure I am linking to even more sites ranked in the green. I like to write opinions pieces and blog about the news. I am not a reporter. I am mostly just a guy who writes about things.
There are also 2800+ other users on this website, many of them are not active though. However, you can see the top members list and get a good idea of who else is publishing on Trending Views. I often check their work to ensure they are not publishing anything fake as well. I don't want fake nonsense on here. It's pointless and there are plenty of real things to write about.
Gathers and presents information responsibly.
I think we do. I link to all sources and ask that other people do the same. I have a group for OPINIONS and ask that people put those pieces in there. However, since we have mostly bloggers and not news reporters, we often interject opinions in other places. Usually, people use responsible language such as "I think" or "that's just my opinion" so that readers know the difference.
Regularly corrects or clarifies errors.
Yes, if anything is pointed out, we will gladly edit it for the user or ask them to do so.
Handles the difference between news and opinion responsibly.
Of course. We have a group dedicated for opinions articles and some of them are out in left field. That's OK because they are marked in the opinions group. However, as mentioned before, sometimes our bloggers interject a minimal amount of opinions into their blogs/articles. Most of the time there is language to differentiate fact from opinion to ensure the reader knows the difference. I was an opinions writer in college and for many years after. It might be the only style I'm good at! (or not)
Avoids deceptive headlines.
I personally like to do very short and to the point headlines. I've been told that I sometimes give too much away in the headline. Oh well, sometimes you need to give the reader a little preview of what they're about to read or watch. A good headline helps a reader determine if they want to continue, which helps them know that their time is valuable. I believe the majority of our headlines, especially this last year, are typically straight to the point. I always tell content partners to just say what it is, then let the reader/viewer decide from there. I want users to give fans a good experience, not something that they will feel wasted their time. Everyone is tired of fake news and partisan posts. Just say what the content is and let the readers enjoy the rest.
Website discloses ownership and financing.
Yes. I own it. My name is Frank. You can find me on Facebook and Twitter. As for financing, there is just me. I have self-funded this. I would love to find an investor who sees potential in my platform built for creators, publishers, and advertisers. Know any investors? I have no partners.
Clearly labels advertising.
Yes. I use Google, RevContent, Zergnet, Clerqs, and PubExchange. Each of the ad companies has their own link above or below their respected ads to identify who they are. This site has very little advertising because I am still trying to build an audience.
Reveals who's in charge, including any possible conflicts of interest.
I am the only person who owns this website. I have a company for hosting and a company who does development. Neither of them is in charge, but they sure take my money and they provide great support to make sure the website stays up and working. There are no conflicts of interest because I do this for a living and make just enough to get by.
Provides information about content creators.
Yes. I have information on my profile. Each user has their own profile and they are allowed to complete as much of the profile as they wish. Each user has completed their profile to the level of comfort that they believe in.
All content partners are required to identify themselves and provide a payment address, most of whom use one of many online payment websites or apps.
Hopefully, that helps if there's anyone from News Guard who deems our website worthy of a ranking.
More about the site...
Trending Views has a content partner program which allows writers, video producers, and content creators/curators to earn a revenue share of our income.
Trending Views welcomes everyone to participate and write about news, politics, social issues, entertainment, business, and whatever else might interest them. Our category list is constantly updating, so check there and see what you like. Trending Views welcomes all opinions, from every perspective, and seeks to provide news articles filled with facts.
Users earn points for participating on the site by doing various activities. The points cannot be used for anything, they are just for fun to see who participates the most.
Trending Views uses a token-based system in which users can send each other tips, pay for an account upgrade to remove many of the ads, feature their content, buy ads, and even subscribe to their favorite creators for a monthly amount of their own choice. This is NOT cryptocurrency, but it's our own onsite type of thing. It basically just points.
Users who earn or receive a set amount of tokens can cash those out, with our site only taking a percentage to help cover hosting and development costs.
Ownership and Financing
I own this site, by myself without partners, and have self-funded everything since starting this site a few years ago.
I generate revenue by monetizing ads and charging a minimal fee for users to feature their content. For example, if a YouTube artist wanted their video viewed more, they could purchase a featured content spot on this site and help get more people to watch their video. So far no one has subscribed to become a premium member. This site displays very little ads.
I have paid for everything on my own. I could certainly use an investor but I don't know how to find one.
My name is Frank.
I have over 20 years experience in managing websites, advertising, and writing. I began building websites in college and have turned this into a career of successful ventures and multiple failures. You simply cannot succeed without failing on at least one thing. You can't go far without taking risks.
I graduated from Kutztown University with a BA in Professional Writing and later gathered an MA from Arcadia University.
My best offline venture was writing for the Keystone Newspaper in college. It was a little paper that no one read, but something made me irritated enough to submit an opinions piece and it was all downhill from there. The Keystone became the most-read item in Kutztown. Students awaited my writing each week and couldn't wait to trash it with their own opinion. The editor's desk was finally busy.
Writing for that newspaper caused me to lose my internship with Public Relations. I wrote about why the KU marching band should receive a noise ordinance violation for playing excessively loud music as I slept off a night of college partying. A member of KU's PR team was in the band.
I prefer writing opinions, crime, entertainment, and fun stories.
I respect everyone's point of view because nothing makes this world more interesting than all of us having a different perspective on things. It's what truly makes this world interesting on a daily basis.
Could you imagine if we were all identical? It would be weird. Plus, I wouldn't want my wife to look at me.
She's definitely better looking.
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