Help me push this post up Techmeme

by Mathew on November 19, 2007 · 13 comments

That headline is meant as a joke, by the way. But like many jokes, it has some truth at the center of it. Do I like to see my posts linked to on Techmeme? Sure I do — and I get the sense that Fred Wilson does too, even though he’s a fantastically rich and well-respected venture capitalist who presumably has lots of other things that make him feel great about what he’s doing. And I think Dave Winer likes to see himself on there too, even though he has a kind of love/hate co-dependent relationship.

I think Fred makes a good point about the site drawing more from other places — places that aren’t really blogs in the strict sense, in that they aren’t written by a single individual. But is that a bad thing? I’m not sure it is. I suppose it would be if you were used to a Techmeme that consisted mostly of your friends, which I think Fred (and probably Dave) are suggesting it used to be. But isn’t that a little like the guy who has a great mountain view from his house, and then complains that all these new people are moving in and wrecking it? Why shouldn’t they get some of that view too?

Not a great analogy, maybe. But I think Fred is overstating the case a bit too. Jeff Jarvis is still on Techmeme regularly, and as a headline post plenty of the time. Rex Hammock is on there plenty too. Calacanis might not be, but only because all he seems to write about lately is Mahalo and (occasionally) fat-blogging. But maybe all those FOFs (friends of Fred) aren’t there as much — and I think that’s okay. We’re getting some new bloggers that are adding new points of view, like Ashkan at WatchMojo and Allen Stern at Centernetworks and ParisLemon and The Last Podcast.

Are we getting USA Today and places like that too? Sure we are — because blogs and media are blending. And that’s as it should be. Blogs aren’t just for the geeks and blognoscenti anymore. Is that going to boost the noise in the signal-to-noise ratio? Perhaps. But there’s more signal out there too. And yes, Techmeme is going to encourage people to “game” the system to try and push their posts up. So what? Don’t click on them. There’s still lots of great opinions and ideas out there — more than there ever were, in fact.

  • http://www.1938media.com Loren Feldman

    Perfect. I love it.

  • http://www.parislemon.com MG Siegler

    Thanks for the shout out Mathew. Definitely agree with your opinion here – it seems like every week now one of the biggest stories on TechMeme is about TechMeme and how is being gamed or something along those lines – it's still by far and away the best reference for tech news at any given time (when you don't have time to go through your 10,000 feeds), far ahead of Digg and the like in terms of fresh stories. As you say, if you feel like someone is simply trying to game the system, “don't click on them”.

    -MG

  • http://www.mathewingram.com/work mathewi

    Thanks, dude.

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  • http://lastpodcast.net Frederic

    Thanks for the kind words Mathew. Couldn't agree more.

    Oh, and I think we managed to push the post up on Techmeme – almost too easy :)

  • http://www.mathewingram.com/work mathewi

    Yes, I saw that. Don't you just love irony?

  • http://www.techfornovices.com/2007/11/official-iphone-all-world-mobile.html Tech For Novices

    Why not our posts too ?

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  • http://joeduck.wordpress.com JoeDuck

    Yup, right on Mr. Matt. I also read Fred's post today as a kind of “there goes my neighborhood” rather than a legit critique of what techmeme has become – which is to me an increasingly rich place to find good stories. I'm kind of tired of the old blog guard anyway – I think a lot of them have run out of stuff to say.

  • http://lastpodcast.net Frederic

    Thanks for the kind words Mathew. Couldn't agree more.

    Oh, and I think we managed to push the post up on Techmeme – almost too easy :)

  • http://www.mathewingram.com/work mathewi

    Yes, I saw that. Don't you just love irony?

  • http://www.techfornovices.com/2007/11/official-iphone-all-world-mobile.html Tech For Novices

    Why not our posts too ?

  • http://joeduck.wordpress.com JoeDuck

    Yup, right on Mr. Matt. I also read Fred's post today as a kind of “there goes my neighborhood” rather than a legit critique of what techmeme has become – which is to me an increasingly rich place to find good stories. I'm kind of tired of the old blog guard anyway – I think a lot of them have run out of stuff to say.

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