How do you describe Techmeme?

I often ask my audience at my presentations if they’re familiar with Techmeme. I always bring this tool up when the conversation shifts to “us vs them” regarding mainstream media and bloggers. The tech industry is one of the first for bloggers and mainstream to get along and merge into something new. (In fact you should be checking out Techcrunch’s business model, they’re making 200k in advertising every month)

Techmeme is great, it’s a tab that I have open all the time (since late 2005) to gauge what’s happening in the technology industry. It’s a combination of mainstream articles and bloggers that comment and feed off each other. I know mainstream journalists watch it to see what the buzz is, and bloggers comments off the articles and vice versa. It’s interesting to see the different points of every discussion, and some bloggers are SO predictable (take Nicholas Carr for example). I see some bloggers that copy every article and title and make it a blog post so they become part of the breaking news and also benefit from lots of content in search engines.

Gabe Rivera and I have had discussions on what Techmeme is, he calls it a “News” tool, but I say it’s a “Conversation tracker”. To me I can clearly see different points of views going back and forth on the site. I can see people responding to each other in threaded discussions and cross-linking. Also, the Techmeme isn’t always news in the sense that that we’re used to, sometimes the content can have personal information, or product reviews –it’s not always news. At one point, Gabe and I agreed that it’s a tool that tracks different points of view.

So how do you describe Techmeme to others?

I say it’s a Conversation Tracker.

  • It’s no longer a conversation tracker per se. It’s moving more and more toward news only. See my blog.

  • I use it Techmeme as a news tracker. I check it first thing in the morning to see what the blogosphere and tech communities are saying to each other. Then I check Megite (http://www.megite.com)for a more personalized view of what is going on.

  • i have many other news tracking services (especially high end premiumun news ones as part of my job)- but first thing every morning i hit Techmeme and check in various times a day including mobile version if i am on the road.

    I tell everyone that is interested in tech and media that they must tune in to see the who and what of the tech and media world- in real time. I am not ready to dismiss main stream media- and enjoy the fact that at Techmeme- i can see the aggregated discussion that could be started by main stream media or a blogger.

    I think it is a very digestable mix for the majority of internet users. Take a look at some of the ‘social media’ features that online newspapers are delivering- tracking what blogs are linking to the story is become a common feature. but that is delivered in a Silo of their own content.

    It would be great to see how many stories went blogger >>> media over the last few months versus media >>>bloggers- we all know that journalists especially tech and political focused ones have their ears and eyes on blogs- they themseleves probably get a kick out of being top story in Techmeme.

  • Techmeme is a basically a tool designed to piss off bloggers by not linking to them. Tracking news or …conversations…(just vomited, ok, better) is a side effect, a means to an end.

  • Did you swallow it back down?

  • I’m looking at techmeme right now, it’s almost all mainstream media, corporate blogs (that’s the new corporate press release) and A-list media (journalists who just happen to use blogs as tools) as the ‘lead stories’

  • i have many other news tracking services (especially high end premiumun news ones as part of my job)- but first thing every morning i hit Techmeme and check in various times a day including mobile version if i am on the road.

    I tell everyone that is interested in tech and media that they must tune in to see the who and what of the tech and media world- in real time. I am not ready to dismiss main stream media- and enjoy the fact that at Techmeme- i can see the aggregated discussion that could be started by main stream media or a blogger.

    I think it is a very digestable mix for the majority of internet users. Take a look at some of the 'social media' features that online newspapers are delivering- tracking what blogs are linking to the story is become a common feature. but that is delivered in a Silo of their own content.

    It would be great to see how many stories went blogger >>> media over the last few months versus media >>>bloggers- we all know that journalists especially tech and political focused ones have their ears and eyes on blogs- they themseleves probably get a kick out of being top story in Techmeme.