Circa’s 10 Most Followed News Story Lines Of 2013

People kept coming back for updates on the government shutdown, Boston bombings, Edward Snowden, and more.

Circa’s 10 Most Followed News Story Lines Of 2013
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Mobile-first news outlet Circa did a year in review, rounding up its top 10 stories of 2013. Ignoring that there’s almost a full month left in the year, the top articles had readers fervently following developing story lines, attesting to the evolution of breaking news the company envisions.

  1. The effects of the U.S. government shutdown
  2. The Boston bombings investigation
  3. Edward Snowden, NSA leaker
  4. The LAX shooting, November 2013
  5. The Fukushima nuclear cleanup
  6. Super Typhoon Haiyan
  7. Twitter’s IPO
  8. Apple’s rumored future lineup
  9. The shooting at the Capitol
  10. The Obamacare rollout

Circa relaunched its app earlier in October to focus on breaking news. While most of the stories above had some sort of pressing time element, No. 5–the Fukushima nuclear cleanup–had a surprising following, more than two years following the earthquake and tsunami that ravaged Japan. “This storyline, along with our coverage of tsunami debris washing up on U.S. shores, are examples of how the follow feature has value almost three years after an initial event,” according to a company blog post.

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Based in San Francisco, Alice Truong is Fast Company's West Coast correspondent. She previously reported in Chicago, Washington D.C., New York and most recently Hong Kong, where she (left her heart and) worked as a reporter for the Wall Street Journal