Techmeme eats Technorati’s lunch

by Mathew on October 1, 2007 · 3 comments

Mike Arrington has the scoop on the latest move by Gabe “Techmeme” Rivera: a Top 100 blogs list, which will be made up of the blogs whose posts most often appear on the blog aggregation engine — a site that I (and many other bloggers I know) check at least once a day, if not once an hour or so). As Mike points out, this is a pretty big kick in the goolies for Technorati, which has been losing its grip on the blog-search and blog-ranking business for the past little while, and now doesn’t even have a CEO any more.

Marshall Kirkpatrick over at Read/Write Web disagrees that Techmeme’s launch of the Top 100 means trouble for Technorati, however — he says that there’s “plenty of room for other standards of measurement.” And as a number of people have pointed out — including Jason from Webomatica in a comment you can find below (try my new Ajaxy comment feature) — Technorati tracks all blogs, while Techmeme is, well… just tech. Fair enough.

I’d also like to point out that my somewhat rah-rah approach to Techmeme’s new feature has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that yours truly is number 37 on said list, according to this post by Dave Winer.

  • http://www.thatedeguy.com thatedeguy

    I don’t think that a techmeme top 100 would even come close to comparison with the technorati list. First, the techmeme list is naturally limited by the group of people who appear on it. If my site gets 3000 links, but none from the ones that appear on techmeme, I don’t show up.

    Technorati’s list, while not all-inclusive (statistically impossible), at least tries to include every blog that gets a link. That list is only limited by those that either don’t know about technorati, or choose to not sign up.

    The way I see it, a techmeme top 100 is alot like having a “best scores” board at a private country club.

  • http://www.webomatica.com/wordpress/ Webomatica

    It’s a given that “Techmeme” is a very tight niche of technology blogs – that’s why there is “tech” in the title. Technorati is all blogs – even myspace blogs. It may not be useful to compare Techcrunch and Ariana Huffington anymore.

    The techmeme folks also have a political niche (memeorandum) and pop culture (wesmirch) and I suppose, even a baseball niche http://www.ballbug.com/

    It’s a different approach than Technorati and at least as far as I’m concerned – I visit Techmeme way more.

  • http://smoothspan.wordpress.com/ Bob Warfield

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