Technically, Friday is my day off. No search blogging for me. But while I
work on other stuff, I can’t help but keep an eye on the news. Unfortunately, my
favorite site to summarize what’s going on,
Techmeme, has felt sluggish of late.
Consistently this week, I’ve seen stories (from across the blogosphere) that normally (in my opinion) would
have hit within a few hours take a day or longer. Not in every case, but
generally it has felt sluggish. Maybe it’s just me. If not, I know Gabe who runs
the site will get it humming along in short order. But it did prompt me to take
a look at a few other meme trackers.
Megite: Nice. I like how you get a main
story, then clusters of related stories under the key items.
Tailrank: Same thing, nice how you’ve got
related items under the main topics, though they take up much more space than at
Chuquet: Immediately unimpressed that the
third item is about the Google Docs & Spreadsheet launch from ages ago. Lots and
lots of related information in very condensed for each topic, but these use the
blog names, rather than headline names, so hard to know what’s going on.
Blogniscient: No related items
shown for main topics, which is disappointing. I like related items, because it
gives me a sense of how important a story is becoming. But, a nice, clean
Still, I like Techmeme best of all. The other sites are all about scrolling.
Techmeme is effectively a newspaper front page, where I can at a glance see
everything it thinks is important at a particular time. I like that. I want to
check back several times during the day and read the latest "edition," not
scroll and scroll through what’s been happening.