Technology news aggregation service Techmeme redesigned their website late last month and today they have added a new section for tracking major upcoming events. “Just as Techmeme filters the most newsworthy stories in technology, today we begin filtering the industry’s most newsworthy events by including a new section,” stated Techmeme founder Gabe Rivera.
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I have spent a countless number of hours visiting Techmeme.com. The website was recently overhauled with a new design and makes reading more pleasant. Techmeme followed the footsteps of Google News by removing the hideous underlines on the links. Now Techmeme is not as ugly as The Drudge Report said Techmeme founder Gabe Rivera pointed out on a blog post. Other changes include adding Sponsor Posts above the fold and sidebar navigation being moved to the top of the page. Eventually these design changes will be applied to Techmeme sister sites like Mediagazer.
Techmeme is the best technology news aggregator website that exists today. Founder Gabe Rivera wrote a blog post that contains the links about what the top 25 stories on Techmeme were this year based on how much the blogosphere reacted to that specific topic. The larger the response, the larger the cluster of related stories on Techmeme. The size of the cluster is how Rivera discovered what the top 25 stories were. Unsurprisingly, the top three stories are about Steve Jobs passing away, the launch of the iPhone 4S/iOS 5/iCloud, and Steve Jobs resigning from the CEO position. This is followed by a letter from Steve Ballmer and Stephen Elop and Facebook’s Timeline launch. Check out the screenshot of the top 25 stories below:
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Simon Dumenco, a writer for AdAge.com wrote an article about what it is like to get “used and abused by the Huffington Post.” Simon called both Techmeme and the Huffington Post aggregators of original content.
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The team behind Techmeme has launched a new website called Mediagazer. Essentially Mediagazer is a website that will aggregate news articles regarding some of the latest trends in the world. What Techmeme is for tech, Mediagazer will be for mainstream news. Sponsors in Mediagazer include Seesmic, WordPress (Automattic), Tynt Insight, Smash Summit, and Zemanta. Techmeme was founded by Gabe Rivera. [MediaGazer Blog]
Techmeme launched in 2005 and Danny Sullivan immediately mentioned that “there’s no keyword search facility that I can see. I want that, and soon!”Â Gabe Rivera and his team toiled over the last 32 months to ensure that Techmeme has a way to search for posts.Â
Search wasn’t always the highest priority for Techmeme.Â Becoming a mainstream, newsworthy site was the highest priority.Â But now that search is available, here is a list of common uses.
For companies that aggregate data like Crunchbase, search queries can be used to embed data relating to specific keywords.Â For example, Crunchbase lists aggregated Techmeme data for the companies in their database.Â Click the thumbnail below to see a sample of how the data is used:
Techmeme Search shows headlines that appeared on the homepage in a reverse chronological.Â Headlines that appear in discussion are excluded.Â Rivera pointed out that search services like Ask Blog Search, Google News, and Topix of returning everything that they have indexed.Â This is what makes Techmeme search unique.Â It only returns noteworthy results, not exhaustive data.
While there is a search box at the top of the Techmeme homepage, a more barebones search is available at techmeme.com/search.Â Techmeme visitors can filter results based on data in the title only or within the summary text of individual stories.
Omer Horvitz, Techmeme’s first hire designed the search.
Review of New Techmeme Feature:
For media researchers such as myself that depends heavily on Techmeme, it is important for me to be able to filter out information about the companies that I am interested in.Â Since Techmeme has been capturing the best technology news stories over the last 3 years, this is the best way to get that information at a rapid pace.
The functionality is simple, yet effective.Â After entering search keyword(s), navigating around the site is simple enough.Â There are numbers at the bottom that indicate how far back or forward you want to find your results based on the time stories appeared on the homepage.
I highly recommend those that haven’t used Techmeme before to get into it now.Â Especially now that search has been added.
Techmeme is the most on target site for finding the best aggregated technology news.Â Techmeme finds a new stories that becomes instantly popular and attaches related links to that story.Â However, when subscribing to Techmeme’s RSS feed, the related links become excluded and only the main headlines make it.Â That is up until Techmeme introduced Firehose.Â
Firehose accounts forÂ related discussion stories to the main headlines.Â This is beneficial for the publishers that get in late, but can be overwhelming for the reader.
Techmeme introduced this feature for all their sites: Techmeme, WeSmirch (celebrity), ballbug (baseball–How about that Roger Clemens?), and memeorandum (political).Â
[Information Source: Somewhat Frank]