Reverse Engineering TechMeme

OK, OK, since everyone has figured out that you can get on TechMeme by talking ABOUT TechMeme (even better if you attack A-list bloggers) I figured I’d just take my late night and reverse engineer TechMeme.

Two videos. Long, boring, videos that no one will watch. Well, Gabe Rivera, founder of TechMeme, will watch them. Hopefully I don’t have to run a ton of corrections in the morning. Enjoy.

Reverse Engineering Techmeme, Part I
Reverse Engineering Techmeme, Part II

Oh, and I gotta admit that TechMeme is kicking my behind. I’m reading more than 900 feeds and TechMeme usually picks stuff I would have picked to put on my link blog and does it 24 hours a day and a lot faster than I can. There are some exceptions, which I talk about on the end of part II.

I used Seesmic, Loic Le Meur’s new video service to do these. I’m playing around with that and trying to understand the difference between that and Kyte.tv and YouTube and all these newfangled video communities springing up.

In the videos I explain why TechCrunch will get to the top of TechMeme even though no one is linking to it. I also explain how to “game” TechMeme (and, how my son Milan helped me game it without me even knowing I was gaming it). I also cover how PR firms get their client’s products onto Techmeme (and how you can do the same thing).

Also, why certain things keep showing up on TechMeme over and over again.

123 thoughts on “Reverse Engineering TechMeme

  1. @43. I’m sure most bloggers that blog for the love of it are as you describe. But I think tje mpre popular you get, the more you care about your “ranking” than your accuracy. Take TV for example. Last week they report as “fact” the alleged China/Baidu issue whocj makes it to the top of Techmeme. The story was based totally on unattributed amecdotal emails. And was disputed by anecdotal comments in the post. The author then says the story is “true” because an unnamed spokesperson from Google said they “received reports” and that was based on a link. The author made no attempt to contact Google Choms Yahoo Microsoft or Baidu. No fact checking beyond supposed private emails. Buy tjere it sat at the top of Techmeme as “news”

  2. @43. I’m sure most bloggers that blog for the love of it are as you describe. But I think tje mpre popular you get, the more you care about your “ranking” than your accuracy. Take TV for example. Last week they report as “fact” the alleged China/Baidu issue whocj makes it to the top of Techmeme. The story was based totally on unattributed amecdotal emails. And was disputed by anecdotal comments in the post. The author then says the story is “true” because an unnamed spokesperson from Google said they “received reports” and that was based on a link. The author made no attempt to contact Google Choms Yahoo Microsoft or Baidu. No fact checking beyond supposed private emails. Buy tjere it sat at the top of Techmeme as “news”

  3. Robert,
    In general, I don’t watch a lot of videos but both of your Techmeme videos were compelling. Not sure if you totally nailed the “Techmeme Secret Sauce” but you did a nice job explaining how it works. Well done.

    Mark

  4. Robert,
    In general, I don’t watch a lot of videos but both of your Techmeme videos were compelling. Not sure if you totally nailed the “Techmeme Secret Sauce” but you did a nice job explaining how it works. Well done.

    Mark

  5. I wonder if these comments would be here if I had written “first!” instead…

    @Dawn: “I thought the blogosphere was supposed to be the great equalizer, the “level playing field” – Er. The Internet was kinda a level playing field at the start. A bunch of people posting text and basically chatting to each other, except some people got listened to more than others. Then there were webpages, and anyone with a small amount of webspace from their ISP or geocites could host some pages, except some pages got more views than others. Blogging came along and that took it back to the start where anyone could write a blog, except some people’s blogs are read more than others. Techmeme capitalises on the blogs that are read more than the others.

    Where Techmeme then goes with blogs, Google already did with Webpages – the popular blogs/sites chose the next set of popular blogs/websites. If you’re unpopular, you’ve gotta get noticed by the big guys (or a LOT of small guys) to get popular. And I’d imagine Scoble and all of the other big guys disagreeing with this, but it’s unfortunately true.

    Anyway, once you’ve got that ‘popularity’, you’ve got to work to keep it. Scoble did for a while and has now re-prioritised, which is fine. One day, all the big guys will move on to other things, at which point there’ll be room for some different blogs to appear on Techmeme (the news aggregator site). Of course, by then blogging might have turned out to be a rather long-lasting fad…

  6. I wonder if these comments would be here if I had written “first!” instead…

    @Dawn: “I thought the blogosphere was supposed to be the great equalizer, the “level playing field” – Er. The Internet was kinda a level playing field at the start. A bunch of people posting text and basically chatting to each other, except some people got listened to more than others. Then there were webpages, and anyone with a small amount of webspace from their ISP or geocites could host some pages, except some pages got more views than others. Blogging came along and that took it back to the start where anyone could write a blog, except some people’s blogs are read more than others. Techmeme capitalises on the blogs that are read more than the others.

    Where Techmeme then goes with blogs, Google already did with Webpages – the popular blogs/sites chose the next set of popular blogs/websites. If you’re unpopular, you’ve gotta get noticed by the big guys (or a LOT of small guys) to get popular. And I’d imagine Scoble and all of the other big guys disagreeing with this, but it’s unfortunately true.

    Anyway, once you’ve got that ‘popularity’, you’ve got to work to keep it. Scoble did for a while and has now re-prioritised, which is fine. One day, all the big guys will move on to other things, at which point there’ll be room for some different blogs to appear on Techmeme (the news aggregator site). Of course, by then blogging might have turned out to be a rather long-lasting fad…

  7. Robert,

    I have no ill feelings for you because you’ve moved on to other things that interest you. You had asked why people thought your comment volume had decreased.

    My point was that you moved on. That’s cool! But I do miss the content you were known for before.

    Best of luck.

  8. Robert,

    I have no ill feelings for you because you’ve moved on to other things that interest you. You had asked why people thought your comment volume had decreased.

    My point was that you moved on. That’s cool! But I do miss the content you were known for before.

    Best of luck.

  9. @38. Surely you are not suggesting your local newspaper is a news aggregator. If so them its editor should be fired, Of course there is newsservice content I’m local newspaper . But that’s based more on economies of scale. And at the end of the day the newspaper has accountibility. Not sure where the accountibility in techneme is

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