TechMeme not going for most linked blogs anymore

This is going to come across like I’m an arrogant bbbbaahhhhhsssssttttttaaaarrrrrdddddd. But, it needs to be pointed out.

TechMeme (which started out as a blog news engine) has totally switched its focus away from blogs. I’m tracking the Plaxo news. I was among the first two sites out with news about Plaxo’s new 3.0 platform. I have the only videos. Posted two of them. I have one of the first real reviews. Google’s blog search shows I have the most inbound links. Om Malik, who posted a story about Plaxo two hours after I did, even linked to me.

Yet the top article right now? One by the Register which doesn’t even have comments and doesn’t link out and doesn’t have screen captures (like other articles do) and doesn’t have video and doesn’t even have any real news.

The Register has zero inbound links, Om’s article has six, and mine has 12.

Gabe has turned TechMeme into a Google News instead of something that looks at blogs.

Both Google’s blog search and technorati show zero inbound links for the Register’s article. Why is it #1? Because TechMeme just turned “pro.”

And competitor TailRank is no better. It doesn’t have ANY article on Plaxo on its home page and when I clicked on the second page of Tech TailRank gave me an error.

Sigh.

What’s worse is Google’s Reader is having problems this morning so I can’t even get the news I want there. Sigh.

84 thoughts on “TechMeme not going for most linked blogs anymore

  1. MikeJones: this isn’t about A listers. If the A listers aren’t getting linked to, imagine how the Z listers are going to get on TechMeme.

    Dude, I am such a Z-lister, but I get hooked up on TechMeme from time to time when I write about something interesting and early in what passes for “the conversation.” Since getting the first scoop isn’t high on my list, I don’t have your issues, but besides a little insider gossip and self satisfied schmoozing, what does scoblizer really contribute anyway? I came hear via the arm-farting post which I thought was very apt.

  2. MikeJones: this isn’t about A listers. If the A listers aren’t getting linked to, imagine how the Z listers are going to get on TechMeme.

    Dude, I am such a Z-lister, but I get hooked up on TechMeme from time to time when I write about something interesting and early in what passes for “the conversation.” Since getting the first scoop isn’t high on my list, I don’t have your issues, but besides a little insider gossip and self satisfied schmoozing, what does scoblizer really contribute anyway? I came hear via the arm-farting post which I thought was very apt.

  3. Interesting – I came in late to this discussion because – well, I was busy doing other things.

    Anyway, Techmeme isn’t even indexing blogs they way they used to – don’t believe me, go look. My own blog used to be indexed every day – even within minutes of me pinging Techmeme.

    Right now they haven’t indexed me in 5 days. That’s a lot of blog posts they don” know about.

    My reader count has actually GONE UP in the last five days. Except on Techmeme – where my blog has fallen ~10K in rankings (since they stopped indexing me).

    And it’s not just my blog – almost every bog that’s in the 200+ ranking has shown huge delays in indexing – at least from my very limited and random samplings.

    So yes – Techmeme is changing. Which is fine. Just tell me what you are changing to so I an decide if you still offer me value or not.

    Gabe – what’s up? Is my blog still important enough to you for you to index, or not? If not, let me know. That’s fair enough.

    If it is, why aren’t you?

    Rob

  4. Interesting – I came in late to this discussion because – well, I was busy doing other things.

    Anyway, Techmeme isn’t even indexing blogs they way they used to – don’t believe me, go look. My own blog used to be indexed every day – even within minutes of me pinging Techmeme.

    Right now they haven’t indexed me in 5 days. That’s a lot of blog posts they don” know about.

    My reader count has actually GONE UP in the last five days. Except on Techmeme – where my blog has fallen ~10K in rankings (since they stopped indexing me).

    And it’s not just my blog – almost every bog that’s in the 200+ ranking has shown huge delays in indexing – at least from my very limited and random samplings.

    So yes – Techmeme is changing. Which is fine. Just tell me what you are changing to so I an decide if you still offer me value or not.

    Gabe – what’s up? Is my blog still important enough to you for you to index, or not? If not, let me know. That’s fair enough.

    If it is, why aren’t you?

    Rob

  5. The magnetic attraction of major media sources continues and so does the impression that it drives and sustains the most attention. It sometimes does, but major media also drives a quick burnout of attention around a news story. If a story breaks on major media it has a shorter life with long-tail and A-list bloggers. They just don’t care enough about it because the major media got it. Just think about how Techmeme drove its early success. It was YOU Robert who turned me on to Techmeme before it ever went live. The basis for its success is with bloggers. In-bound links should be the top driver of Techmeme relevancy. Treat every source the same.

  6. The magnetic attraction of major media sources continues and so does the impression that it drives and sustains the most attention. It sometimes does, but major media also drives a quick burnout of attention around a news story. If a story breaks on major media it has a shorter life with long-tail and A-list bloggers. They just don’t care enough about it because the major media got it. Just think about how Techmeme drove its early success. It was YOU Robert who turned me on to Techmeme before it ever went live. The basis for its success is with bloggers. In-bound links should be the top driver of Techmeme relevancy. Treat every source the same.

  7. “Tim: the problem with Google Blog search is that it doesn’t show me the hot articles that have the most inbound links. Now, if it DID then it would be killer.”

    Not only it’s coming, but there are better ways (i.e. not gamed by inbound links, something that even rookie SEO/spammers are taking advantage of).

    Techmeme is dead.

  8. “Tim: the problem with Google Blog search is that it doesn’t show me the hot articles that have the most inbound links. Now, if it DID then it would be killer.”

    Not only it’s coming, but there are better ways (i.e. not gamed by inbound links, something that even rookie SEO/spammers are taking advantage of).

    Techmeme is dead.

  9. LayZ: most bloggers I meet want to be heard. Some might only want to be heard by their families. In which case they should blog on Vox and hand their families a password protected blog which keeps everyone else out.

    Those of us who are writing for audiences and have chosen to do so appreciate links.

    And I certainly link to FAR more blogs than link to me on the average day.

  10. LayZ: most bloggers I meet want to be heard. Some might only want to be heard by their families. In which case they should blog on Vox and hand their families a password protected blog which keeps everyone else out.

    Those of us who are writing for audiences and have chosen to do so appreciate links.

    And I certainly link to FAR more blogs than link to me on the average day.

  11. Interesting all those links and not a single link to the original press release, what a sham, err I mean shame.

    Go out on a limb tell me what you really think about Plaxo … otherwise it’s just another “hey look what I saw on the internets today” post.

    Regarding your issue w/ Techmeme, Techmeme is becoming increasingly irrelevant for me. If I wanted to get my tech news from Reuters, NYTimes, LATimes, Cnet, CNN, BBC or some other big news outlet I’d go direct I don’t need Techmeme to do that for me. Really I expect anytime now to see pcmag links up there.

  12. Interesting all those links and not a single link to the original press release, what a sham, err I mean shame.

    Go out on a limb tell me what you really think about Plaxo … otherwise it’s just another “hey look what I saw on the internets today” post.

    Regarding your issue w/ Techmeme, Techmeme is becoming increasingly irrelevant for me. If I wanted to get my tech news from Reuters, NYTimes, LATimes, Cnet, CNN, BBC or some other big news outlet I’d go direct I don’t need Techmeme to do that for me. Really I expect anytime now to see pcmag links up there.

  13. @28. Mack is spot on. Scoble, has the purpose of blogging changed? Is the point of blogging now to get links? If so, then why doesn’t every blogger pollute their posts with links?

  14. @28. Mack is spot on. Scoble, has the purpose of blogging changed? Is the point of blogging now to get links? If so, then why doesn’t every blogger pollute their posts with links?

  15. Great videos on Plaxo, btw. I watched them this morning and they made me rethink my initial judgment of the service. I re-signed up today.

  16. Congratulations Robert. Looks like you created more interest about Plaxo.

    Unique blog….

    I’ll be back for more…..keep up the good work…..:)

  17. Congratulations Robert. Looks like you created more interest about Plaxo.

    Unique blog….

    I’ll be back for more…..keep up the good work…..:)

  18. This “Z lister” liked Techmeme the way it was. Now sometimes it did get a bit ridiculous as every blog went after that one top story; ie… iPhone, and whatever the big topic of the day is.

    I liked the way it worked. I have noticed some changes there so call me the same — “arrogant bbbbaahhhhhsssssttttttaaaarrrrrdddddd”

    Rex

  19. This “Z lister” liked Techmeme the way it was. Now sometimes it did get a bit ridiculous as every blog went after that one top story; ie… iPhone, and whatever the big topic of the day is.

    I liked the way it worked. I have noticed some changes there so call me the same — “arrogant bbbbaahhhhhsssssttttttaaaarrrrrdddddd”

    Rex

  20. Hey……

    What error did you get… I’ll check our logs. Shouldn’t have happened. I think we’re not picking up the Plaxo thing because we’re in the middle of a BIG upgrade right now. A lot more hardware… stay tuned :)

    Kevin

  21. Hey……

    What error did you get… I’ll check our logs. Shouldn’t have happened. I think we’re not picking up the Plaxo thing because we’re in the middle of a BIG upgrade right now. A lot more hardware… stay tuned :)

    Kevin

  22. “MikeJones: this isn’t about A listers. If the A listers aren’t getting linked to, imagine how the Z listers are going to get on TechMeme.”

    Most Z-Lister write for their readers and themselves, not because they are trying to get listed at the top of TechMeme.

  23. “MikeJones: this isn’t about A listers. If the A listers aren’t getting linked to, imagine how the Z listers are going to get on TechMeme.”

    Most Z-Lister write for their readers and themselves, not because they are trying to get listed at the top of TechMeme.

  24. I am a huge fan of automation and run a company based largely on that very premise. At the same time, I see real value in human editing. I would love to see sites like TechMeme and Digg have an “editor’s version” or something similar that would take advantage of all the AI and user voting and such, but would layer on the human judgment.

    This would have the benefit of reducing the domination of either site by one story/topic, as well as to ensure that the sources linked to provide the best representation of the ongoing discussion.

    For me, TechMeme serves a great purpose in identifying the most important TOPICS each day, not necessarily the best POSTS/STORIES.

  25. I am a huge fan of automation and run a company based largely on that very premise. At the same time, I see real value in human editing. I would love to see sites like TechMeme and Digg have an “editor’s version” or something similar that would take advantage of all the AI and user voting and such, but would layer on the human judgment.

    This would have the benefit of reducing the domination of either site by one story/topic, as well as to ensure that the sources linked to provide the best representation of the ongoing discussion.

    For me, TechMeme serves a great purpose in identifying the most important TOPICS each day, not necessarily the best POSTS/STORIES.

  26. Obviously, you don’t want Google Blog search… I think it’s funny you focus on TechMeme because of its success: TechMeme is no good, Google News is no good, Yahoo News is no good, Digg is no good, Google Blog search is no good… Your shared links are perfect and are going to take over the world, but in the meantime, you wish Gabe would build what you want( not what he wants), and hopefully, that site (because it is popular) would include your posts.

    Okay. Do we need to keep hearing that Gabe Rivera is not Robert Scoble? That Scoble does not run TechMeme? That’s all you’re saying. The majority disagees with you. If you can do better, than do it. Prove the majority wrong.

  27. Obviously, you don’t want Google Blog search… I think it’s funny you focus on TechMeme because of its success: TechMeme is no good, Google News is no good, Yahoo News is no good, Digg is no good, Google Blog search is no good… Your shared links are perfect and are going to take over the world, but in the meantime, you wish Gabe would build what you want( not what he wants), and hopefully, that site (because it is popular) would include your posts.

    Okay. Do we need to keep hearing that Gabe Rivera is not Robert Scoble? That Scoble does not run TechMeme? That’s all you’re saying. The majority disagees with you. If you can do better, than do it. Prove the majority wrong.

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