Techmeme and Google Shared Stuff: WTF?

by Mathew on September 22, 2007 · 6 comments

Update:

It seems to be gone from Techmeme now — but still. Very weird.

Original post:

Tony Hung at Deep Jive Interests has mentioned this too, but I’m not sure whether the problem is Techmeme’s or something that has gone squirrely with Google’s Shared Reader. A post entitled “Full Video of Ukraine Air Show Disaster 2002″ has been climbing up Techmeme for the past day or so, and as you can see from the screenshot it has reached the top.

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That, as Tony points out, is pretty weird. But it’s not the weirdest thing. The weirdest thing is that the link goes to a Google’s Shared Stuff page — not the page of stuff that I’ve shared, as it turns out, but the page of stuff that my friends and contacts have shared. So when I go there, I don’t see anything about video of the Ukraine Air Disaster. I see links from Pete Cashmore of Mashable and K. Paul Mallasch and Mark Evans and people like that.

Whose page of shared stuff has the video? Why the heck is it at the top of Techmeme? These and other questions are crying out to be answered (okay, not crying out — begging maybe). The only sub-link to the Ukraine video post the last time I looked at Techmeme was a post by Kevin Gamble entitled “Google Shared Stuff confuses me.” You and me both, Kevin.

  • http://www.techmeme.com/ Gabe

    That’s Techmeme’s mischievous side in action. Recognizing weekends are slow, it synthesized a puzzling headline to confuse and amuse. It’s THAT clever.

    Or…maybe Techmeme was fooled into believing that the page was a news article. It’s THAT dumb.

  • Mathew

    Thanks, Gabe — as I think someone in Spinal Tap said: “It’s a fine line between clever and stupid.” :-)

  • http://www.kpaulmedia.com kpaul mallasch

    I hadn’t heard about Google Shared Stuff til the other day and when I went there, I saw a link from you and Rubel for some reason. I then added my own page. Not sure about the ukraine thing…

    -kpaul

  • http://weblogs.macromedia.com/jd John Dowdell

    … next weekend, if Techmeme gets bored, let’s send it outside to cut the lawn…. ;-)

  • http://web-strategist.com Jeremiah Owyang

    Heh, now we see the underbelly of techmeme!

  • Tom Foremski

    Techmeme was acquired by GOOG secretly in January. Gabe had to cover his Las Vegas CES “expenses.”

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