Social networks like Facebook are a great way to keep up with the latest goings-on in your friends' lives, but you only really see what they post. Newsle is a great tool that shows you when your friends show up in news stories around the net, so you can see the other stuff they've accomplished.
Some people will post every detail of their work on Facebook and LinkedIn, but others won't, and it's handy to see what your friends have been up to -- particularly if you've been a little out of touch. Newsle is simple: you give it access to your Facebook and LinkedIn accounts, it grabs the names of your friends, and then shows you all the recent news stories that mention them. It's actually quite cool (except for the last step where it tries to invite all your friends -- just make sure to click the smaller "skip this step" button). Hit the link below to check it out.