Steve Rubel is testing memetrackers

And he’s found that TailRank is sending him more links than Memeorandum is (although Memeorandum is sending more traffic). He says he likes TailRank better.
He asks why is Memeorandum more popular with people like me? Cause I don’t want more stuff coming at me. I have my 840+ feeds for that. I want a tool to see what bloggers are finding important and so far Memeorandum is better for me. I’m watching TailRank and the others closely, though, and agree that they are improving! This is an interesting competition to watch.

One thing, though. If you just want traffic, Digg is the winner over both of these. By a factor of at least 10. But is that traffic who you really want as readers? I’m not sure about that.

24 thoughts on “Steve Rubel is testing memetrackers

  1. Well I am having a naked conversation, but as for the views metric, I know I counted for around at least 5 ‘views’ in just getting the darn thing to work. All over the net, I stream video, nary a problem, but for some odd unlucky reason, Channel 9 hits me hard. And ‘eyeballs’, ‘replies’ and ‘views’ are very subjective metrics, figured people would have learnt this from the first dot.com round. Guess not.

  2. Well I am having a naked conversation, but as for the views metric, I know I counted for around at least 5 ‘views’ in just getting the darn thing to work. All over the net, I stream video, nary a problem, but for some odd unlucky reason, Channel 9 hits me hard. And ‘eyeballs’, ‘replies’ and ‘views’ are very subjective metrics, figured people would have learnt this from the first dot.com round. Guess not.

  3. Christopher: the video pre-emted the also-hyped Mix’06 videos, which never even got mentioned sans a thread I created for that purpose. With over 60 replies and 32,000 views I’d say people care about Bill’s 17 minutes. As for the rest of your post, Scoble’s a blogger. What’s on his mind is what we come here to read. If you don’t like it, I suggest you find a plaintext news site to frequent instead.

  4. Christopher: the video pre-emted the also-hyped Mix’06 videos, which never even got mentioned sans a thread I created for that purpose. With over 60 replies and 32,000 views I’d say people care about Bill’s 17 minutes. As for the rest of your post, Scoble’s a blogger. What’s on his mind is what we come here to read. If you don’t like it, I suggest you find a plaintext news site to frequent instead.

  5. Wow, now memetracking testings from Rubel, you should try that too, make up another nonsense word.

    And with your breeeeevomit games, Northern Voiceisms, ‘flattening of the press world’ screeds, face-time for “Dave worries about Microsoft” and “Tips for joining the A list”, Slashdot banging, suck-up Edgeioisms, book parties, Edge Caseims, Bloggy Mountian High and LIFT Ski events and other junkets, with Web 2.0 jabberings, and general gadfly self-congratulatory posts and blogger dinners with VIPs. Whew.

    All makes me long for the days of PDC, Longhorn/Vista and Tablet PC overhype. Even Gates shows up on C9 and no one cares, outside of the usual circle.

  6. Wow, now memetracking testings from Rubel, you should try that too, make up another nonsense word.

    And with your breeeeevomit games, Northern Voiceisms, ‘flattening of the press world’ screeds, face-time for “Dave worries about Microsoft” and “Tips for joining the A list”, Slashdot banging, suck-up Edgeioisms, book parties, Edge Caseims, Bloggy Mountian High and LIFT Ski events and other junkets, with Web 2.0 jabberings, and general gadfly self-congratulatory posts and blogger dinners with VIPs. Whew.

    All makes me long for the days of PDC, Longhorn/Vista and Tablet PC overhype. Even Gates shows up on C9 and no one cares, outside of the usual circle.

  7. Oh…. I also feel the “drive traffic” approach is wrong headed. If you want to get traffic to your site just write good content. TailRank and other sites will pick it up … I didn’t design TailRank for people who want to drive traffic. It’s just a secondary effect of people using the service.

  8. Oh…. I also feel the “drive traffic” approach is wrong headed. If you want to get traffic to your site just write good content. TailRank and other sites will pick it up … I didn’t design TailRank for people who want to drive traffic. It’s just a secondary effect of people using the service.

  9. Zoli… Glad you like the filter. You totally nailed it! You can tune if to have more posts or more relevance. Have only 5 minutes? Set the threshold higher. Have an hour and want to catch everything? Lower the threshold.

    There is some other cool functionality coming so stay tuned. I’m personally really excited about replacing a significant portion of my aggregator with TailRank :)

    Robert. I’d also like to find out what you like about Memeorandum. I’ve read your older posts on the subject and I’d like to hear your feedback on what we should be prioritizing.

    Also.. sorry I didn’t get a chance to say hi at the Techcrunch party ;)

  10. Zoli… Glad you like the filter. You totally nailed it! You can tune if to have more posts or more relevance. Have only 5 minutes? Set the threshold higher. Have an hour and want to catch everything? Lower the threshold.

    There is some other cool functionality coming so stay tuned. I’m personally really excited about replacing a significant portion of my aggregator with TailRank :)

    Robert. I’d also like to find out what you like about Memeorandum. I’ve read your older posts on the subject and I’d like to hear your feedback on what we should be prioritizing.

    Also.. sorry I didn’t get a chance to say hi at the Techcrunch party ;)

  11. Digg is a great site to skim, but the community there is really sad. It seems mostly made up of High School seniors and College freshmen who think the high point of communication is using the F word in creative ways. Heaven forbid you mention religion in a positive light. I haven’t done that myself. I’m allergic to being stoned. ;)

    Still, Digg drives a lot of traffic. It’s not traffic that stays and builds your regular readership, though. They move on to the next link – the perfect AD/HD generation…

  12. Digg is a great site to skim, but the community there is really sad. It seems mostly made up of High School seniors and College freshmen who think the high point of communication is using the F word in creative ways. Heaven forbid you mention religion in a positive light. I haven’t done that myself. I’m allergic to being stoned. ;)

    Still, Digg drives a lot of traffic. It’s not traffic that stays and builds your regular readership, though. They move on to the next link – the perfect AD/HD generation…

  13. What I really like about Tailrank is after you applied your personal filter, you can further filter by the number of links. Have anough time? Let it all flow .. busy day? Pick a higher link number, and just see the few “hot” items.

  14. What I really like about Tailrank is after you applied your personal filter, you can further filter by the number of links. Have anough time? Let it all flow .. busy day? Pick a higher link number, and just see the few “hot” items.

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