Technology Bloggers, what are they good for?

Dare Obasanjo asks “what are those A-list technology bloggers good for?”

He’s absolutely right! (I’ve been saying that a lot today — I’m in a very agreeable mood).

The thing is I’ve been keeping my own “A list.” I judge 772 feeds (which represents thousands of blogs since some of my feeds, like Microsoft’s feed, has more than 3,000 bloggers on one feed).

I judged 35,609 items in the past 30 days, according to Google Reader. Out of all those items I shared 1,094 items with you.

To get onto my feed reader you’ve gotta do something better than the average blog. You’ve gotta bring the best of tech through my feed reader. If you don’t I unsubscribe and I go somewhere else.

Out of all those feeds Google Reader keeps track of the top 35 feeds. This is the new A list and DARE IS ON IT.

See, he better watch attacking the A list tech bloggers because he now is one.

I think that’s called a “looping flame.” Where you intended damage to happen somewhere else but it came back to focus on you. Ouch. :-)

1. Mashable
2. Read/Write Web
3. TechCrunch
4. Media 2.0 Workgroup
5. digg
6. Sun bloggers
7. Gizmodo
8. ZDNet blogs
9. Planet Intertwingly (a bunch of bloggers show up here, including Dare).
10. All Facebook
11. MSDN Blogs
12. digg/Technology
13. The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)
14. RSS Feed for Lifehacker
15. GigaOM Network
16. VentureBeat
17. Chuqui 3.0
18. VentureBeat Wire
19. Y Combinator Startup News
20. Engadget
21. TechNet Blogs
22. Digital Backcountry – Ryan Stewart’s Flash Platform Blog
23. JD on EP
24. Google Operating System
25. A Welsh View
26. dzone.com: latest front page
27. All Things Digital
28. Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life
29. Valleywag
30. Googlified
31. Ryan’s shared items in Google Reader
32. rexblog: Rex Hammock’s Weblog
33. Metaversed – Business and Technology News from the Metaverse
34. Business 2.0 Beta Blogs
35. CrunchGear

Anyway, I threw an answer to Dare up on my Kyte.tv channel as well.

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77 thoughts on “Technology Bloggers, what are they good for?

  1. Coming back from a great Blogher conference, I think I’m mostly bummed that there are no obvious women bloggers in that list (yes MSDN and TechNet blogs include women, but those are feeds of 100s of people). I’m a solid B or C lister as a blogger so I’m less worried about me personally than peeved about the universe at large- aren’t there any girl geeks making your list Robert? If not, we better get on the stick and make that blog happen.

    Cheers,

    Betsy

  2. Coming back from a great Blogher conference, I think I’m mostly bummed that there are no obvious women bloggers in that list (yes MSDN and TechNet blogs include women, but those are feeds of 100s of people). I’m a solid B or C lister as a blogger so I’m less worried about me personally than peeved about the universe at large- aren’t there any girl geeks making your list Robert? If not, we better get on the stick and make that blog happen.

    Cheers,

    Betsy

  3. Wow, I post and have a podcast on Metaversed.com, am I like A-list-by-proxy or A-list-by-proximity?

    Hey, that was mean about the dude not having friends on Facebook, geez, it’s damn hard getting friends off that thing.

  4. Wow, I post and have a podcast on Metaversed.com, am I like A-list-by-proxy or A-list-by-proximity?

    Hey, that was mean about the dude not having friends on Facebook, geez, it’s damn hard getting friends off that thing.

  5. Your post seems to say that the best way onto the list is to go after the supposed A-list. Could be a good approach if all you are looking to do is be on the list for a short time.

    I cannot see how any sort of blog flaiming would be the way to the A-list, besides, what if all of the A-listers start doing it? then there will be no room for anyone new

  6. Your post seems to say that the best way onto the list is to go after the supposed A-list. Could be a good approach if all you are looking to do is be on the list for a short time.

    I cannot see how any sort of blog flaiming would be the way to the A-list, besides, what if all of the A-listers start doing it? then there will be no room for anyone new

  7. There is no such thing as a “A” list except for among the so-called elitists. I read some blogs on this “list”, but only if I find the daily entries intriguing. If not, I move on. Most of the blogs I read are somewhat obscure in terms of topics, so they will never make anyones’ list.

    Most of the rage right now is social networks, but most of them are banal and self-serving. I would get nothing from joining or using an existing network. They don’t serve anything up I’m interested in. If I want a job, I’ll ask someone at church or a friend. I prefer dealing with people in meatspace, not online. Most of the social networks offer no real technology. There is still IM, still email, still file sharing, still blogs. I’m looking for something different, something new. Everything is simply a rehash of everything else.

    Laugh all you want, but I look to sci-fi for cool ideas. We could easily develop some of them given a little R&D and time.

  8. There is no such thing as a “A” list except for among the so-called elitists. I read some blogs on this “list”, but only if I find the daily entries intriguing. If not, I move on. Most of the blogs I read are somewhat obscure in terms of topics, so they will never make anyones’ list.

    Most of the rage right now is social networks, but most of them are banal and self-serving. I would get nothing from joining or using an existing network. They don’t serve anything up I’m interested in. If I want a job, I’ll ask someone at church or a friend. I prefer dealing with people in meatspace, not online. Most of the social networks offer no real technology. There is still IM, still email, still file sharing, still blogs. I’m looking for something different, something new. Everything is simply a rehash of everything else.

    Laugh all you want, but I look to sci-fi for cool ideas. We could easily develop some of them given a little R&D and time.

  9. The answer to his question is quite simple. They see the trends before others could spot it. Twitter is a perfect example for this.

  10. The answer to his question is quite simple. They see the trends before others could spot it. Twitter is a perfect example for this.

  11. I just read your shared feed in my feeds that way I can get your A-list and my A-list and others’ A-lists…then it’s all good. :-)

  12. sometimes I think you just blog-search for “Robert Scoble” and add them to your shared list. :-)

  13. sometimes I think you just blog-search for “Robert Scoble” and add them to your shared list. :-)

  14. Brent: that’s been true for a long time. You’re just figuring that out? :-)

    Ben: yes, but mostly because Mashable puts a large quantity of new products up. Other people on the network are more authoritative. I’d rather read Mike Arrington, for instance, than most of the people on Mashable. That’s partly branding but it’s also partly just a reflection of standing in the community.

    Dave Winer: hey, soon I won’t be on the A list either, so will soon join you!

  15. So what can Download Squad be doing better so we’re hitting your radars more? While this may not be “the” A-list, I think it’s a good litmus test to say what is worth your time, and your time is quite valuable!

  16. Brent: that’s been true for a long time. You’re just figuring that out? :-)

    Ben: yes, but mostly because Mashable puts a large quantity of new products up. Other people on the network are more authoritative. I’d rather read Mike Arrington, for instance, than most of the people on Mashable. That’s partly branding but it’s also partly just a reflection of standing in the community.

    Dave Winer: hey, soon I won’t be on the A list either, so will soon join you!

  17. So what can Download Squad be doing better so we’re hitting your radars more? While this may not be “the” A-list, I think it’s a good litmus test to say what is worth your time, and your time is quite valuable!

  18. Now I know how to get my blog linked to Scoble – make a baseless complaint about him :)

    I subscribe to almost all of those on your list Robert and I also read many “b” and “c” blogs because there is so much good content out there to be had. To say you are out of touch when you’re an “A Lister” is not correct. I can say that since I’m still a lowly “C” or whatever lister.

    Brent

  19. Now I know how to get my blog linked to Scoble – make a baseless complaint about him :)

    I subscribe to almost all of those on your list Robert and I also read many “b” and “c” blogs because there is so much good content out there to be had. To say you are out of touch when you’re an “A Lister” is not correct. I can say that since I’m still a lowly “C” or whatever lister.

    Brent

  20. And if there is a “the” A-list, I don’t think it’s composed solely of *your* reading preferences.

  21. “Out of all those feeds Google Reader keeps track of the top 35 feeds. This is the new A list and DARE IS ON IT. See, he better watch attacking the A list tech bloggers because he now is one.”

    Huh? This is *your* new A-list.

    I don’t believe there is such a thing as *the* A-list.

  22. “Out of all those feeds Google Reader keeps track of the top 35 feeds. This is the new A list and DARE IS ON IT. See, he better watch attacking the A list tech bloggers because he now is one.”

    Huh? This is *your* new A-list.

    I don’t believe there is such a thing as *the* A-list.

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