My Review: 9
Techmeme has added search capability to it’s news aggregation site. The story broke on Techcrunch a few minutes ago. Their exclusive was busted a few minutes later when Techmeme announced it themselves on their company blog / news page.
If you haven’t used Techmeme before, it’s a neat site for taking a overview look at what technology news is hot at the moment. Techmeme aggregates news stories that are popular across the web. Popularity is established according to a number of metrics, an important one being cross-linking. The more inbound and outbound links in a story, the higher it rises on the Techmeme site. The self-congratulatory Techmeme leaderboard has become a fashionable place for bloggers to feel good about themselves as well. It’s not surprising that the news site who broke this news (Techcrunch) is also consistently number one on the leaderboard.
Techmeme does offer a neat look at what news is hopping, though it is sometimes criticized as a popularity contest. It also is subject to gaming, as many bloggers make an effort to exchange links and push their own site / story onto the Techmeme homepage.
All that being said however, the search feature is really cool. It’s a great opportunity to find hot stories on specific topics you want to research or analyze. And it offers a very cool snapshot look at how popular a topic was at a given time. Founder Gabe Rivera told us a long time ago that we should not hold our breath waiting for search on Techmeme. I’m glad that he decided it was time to pull the trigger, and it’s a feature I will certainly use a lot. 9 out of 10, and thanks for the memories.