Techmeme Leaderboard pokes Technorati in the face
Techmeme (previously known as Tech Memeorandum) by Gabe Rivera has been one of my favorite sites out there for a very long time – and my browser’s homepage. Although I may be a little biased because Gabe is a personal friend, I believe Techmeme is the de facto way to catch up on technology news these days – and to be completely honest, I have no idea why no other competing product gets the same result quality.
Tomorrow (according to Mike over at TC), Gabe is launching the Techmeme Leaderboard, a ranking of blogs based on their appearance on Techmeme itself – which given the way Techmeme’s blog tracking algorithms work makes a lot of sense. While I’m personally not a huge fan of ranks (largely because they don’t often equate to quality), this move does have an impact somewhere else, though – Technorati.
Technorati’s popularity: Technorati is popular for two main reasons: pings and its top 100 list. The fact that quite a few blog platforms still link to technorati’s tag search gives it a boost, and I guess quite a large percentage of people still use it to search the blogosphere, despite competing efforts by Google and other companies. However, the reason why Technorati is still in our daily lingo is the Top 100 list (that matters so much to so many) – but that may soon be gone, too.
It’ll be interesting to see how the blogosphere reacts to this new classification – which is slightly more organic than Technorati’s Top 100 list due to its nature. I guess we’ll see people trying to game Techmeme more often just to get some extra link juice, but more importantly, we’ll have to see how competition strikes back – if at all.