Now, you know I love TechMeme. Last week I interviewed Kevin Burton, who does Tailrank, so I’ve been giving that a much better looking at than I’ve done recently. Yesterday Megite updated too, so I looked into that.
All three of these are interesting ways to see what the blogosphere is talking about. But, I notice I keep going back to TechMeme, and I think I found the reason why:
More info density per scroll.
But there’s an even better reason: no spam on TechMeme. Yes, it’s elitist, yes, it tracks only a small number of blogs compared to TailRank and Megite (TechMeme tracks a few thousand compared to about 150,000 for TailRank, according to Burton — TechMeme expands daily depending on linking behavior, though, so it’s hard to figure out just how many blogs are being tracked), but the quality on TechMeme is much higher overall, I find.
Here, visit TailRank for the post about Mike Arrington. Can you spot the splogger? Hint, it’s naikmichel, which copies all my content.
But, to me, TechMeme seems to have better choices for its top stories and less scrolling to see more stories. I’m getting to like TailRank, though, it’s definitely coming on strong and is much better than last time I looked at it.