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Rating the Memetrackers: Redux

13 months ago Read/WriteWeb published a review post about the leading “meme
– i.e. sites that cluster and filter the latest tech news. My
conclusion at that time was that Techmeme
came out on top, closely followed by Tailrank
and Topix.net. My summary back then:

“All in all, Memeorandum still comes out trumps in terms of clustering
layout, speed and relevancy. Topix.net and TailRank are strong services too.
Also I suspect Chuquet and Megite will pick up the pace once they’ve enhanced
their interfaces. A very interesting space to watch!”

Later in 2006 I also compared
TailRank to Techmeme
. But it’s over a year since the original analysis and
so time for an update. I have to admit that personally I’ve stuck with TechMeme,
although I check out the others every now and then too. To do a proper update would take me at least a few hours of research. Luckily Stan Schroeder over
at franticindustries has saved me the trouble, by publishing an
in-depth overview
of the Memetracker market, circa 2007. Stan covers 8
memetrackers: Blogniscient,
Buzzfeed, Chuquet,
Daily Rotation,Feedable,
Megite, Tailrank,

Stan’s conclusion is that Techmeme, Tailrank and Megite are the leading three
memetrackers, because “they have more features, index more sites, and bring
the news faster than the rest.”. He also noted that Daily Rotation (a
customizable news aggregator) and Buzzfeed (adds its own editorial commentary)
“are a bit different than others”.

did a little test at the end of his article, which pretty much shows the current
state of the memetrackers:

“While I was writing this article, a very important news item broke:
Viacom’s lawsuit against Google. I was following the technology sections of
all 8 memetrackers. Techmeme picked up the news first, soon to be followed by
Megite and Tailrank. Daily Rotation and Feedable followed soon, while Chuquet
was yet a bit more slower, and Blogniscient hasn’t picked up this news item
even several hours after it broke out.”

My experience has also been that Techmeme is usually the fastest, although
I’ve taken to referring to the top stories on there as “Techmeme
scrums” – because when a top story breaks, there is a massive ‘me too’ pile
on from tech blogs. It’s the same on TailRank and Megite – and this trend is
getting a little tiresome. Why? Because the business type stories (like the
current Cisco-Webex one dominating the news) tend to obscure the real
web tech stories too much… but that’s just me.

This is why I supplement my
Techmeme diet with the likes of Topix.net
(not profiled by Stan) and my personal RSS filter feeds, which give me
more variety and largely keep the ‘me too’ news blogs out of my results. Also I
get a great daily fix of headlines from OriginalSignal,
which has a good variety of pages now.

What do you think of the memetrackers and which is your favorite?

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