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=Difference between Memetrackers and Memediggers=
 
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"'''a memetracker is a service that finds the most talked-about news and ideas by analysing the linking behaviour of blogs. It’s based on implicit actions. A memedigger, meanwhile, uses explicit human-powered voting systems to deliver the most popular, relevant or interesting items. Since they require human action, these sites normally have a verb associated with them: Digg It, Shout It and so on'''."
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"'''a memetracker is a service that finds the most talked-about news and ideas by analysing the linking behaviour of blogs. It’s based on implicit actions. [[Memediggers]], meanwhile, use explicit human-powered voting systems to deliver the most popular, relevant or interesting items. Since they require human action, these sites normally have a verb associated with them: Digg It, Shout It and so on'''."
 
(http://mashable.com/2006/03/12/memediggers/)
 
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Megite - After seeing it promoted with spammy blog comments like this one, I expected to dislike Megite. In actual fact, its results seem fairly good - at the time of writing, the tech section is displaying broadly the same stories as tech.memeorandum. Megite also covers a broader range of topics, including business, sports and entertainment. Just like its more established cousin, discussions are threaded. Not a bad effort at all.
 
Megite - After seeing it promoted with spammy blog comments like this one, I expected to dislike Megite. In actual fact, its results seem fairly good - at the time of writing, the tech section is displaying broadly the same stories as tech.memeorandum. Megite also covers a broader range of topics, including business, sports and entertainment. Just like its more established cousin, discussions are threaded. Not a bad effort at all.
  
Chuquet - I’ve spoken to the creator of Chuquet a couple of times about this, so I’m not going to labour the point that Chuquet is ugly, ugly, ugly. Laurence Timms has been developing the service since November 2004, and the results certainly show depth. Beyond the obvious design and usability issues, I think Chuquet shows some potential. The addition of tagging is certainly interesting, but I’d say this is really a work in progress right now. Oh, and it’s pronounced “shoo-, apparently. (I still prefer “chuck-.)
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Chuquet - I’ve spoken to the creator of Chuquet a couple of times about this, so I’m not going to labour the point that Chuquet is ugly, ugly, ugly. Laurence Timms has been developing the service since November 2004, and the results certainly show depth. Beyond the obvious design and usability issues, I think Chuquet shows some potential. The addition of tagging is certainly interesting, but I’d say this is really a work in progress right now. Oh, and it’s pronounced “shoo-kay, apparently. (I still prefer “chuck-it.)
  
Blogniscient - Despite being the prettiest of the group, Blogniscient is relatively hard to use. Not only is a lot of the page wasted on a huge header, but the results are squeezed into a narrow central column. Still, its result set is acceptable (a little dated, perhaps?) and it offers a somewhat limited cluster view. Sports, entertainment and business are offered in addition to the usual tech and politics sections. The “Top section is also a nice addition. Blogniscient provides a broader overview of the blogosphere and offers a UI design that won’t scare small children. Still, impatient early adopters (me!) might find it of limited use.
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Blogniscient - Despite being the prettiest of the group, Blogniscient is relatively hard to use. Not only is a lot of the page wasted on a huge header, but the results are squeezed into a narrow central column. Still, its result set is acceptable (a little dated, perhaps?) and it offers a somewhat limited cluster view. Sports, entertainment and business are offered in addition to the usual tech and politics sections. The “Top Blogs section is also a nice addition. Blogniscient provides a broader overview of the blogosphere and offers a UI design that won’t scare small children. Still, impatient early adopters (me!) might find it of limited use.
  
 
Overall, I think Memeorandum still maintains its edge when it comes to tech and politics, but the wider choice of topics offered by the other services is certainly welcome."
 
Overall, I think Memeorandum still maintains its edge when it comes to tech and politics, but the wider choice of topics offered by the other services is certainly welcome."
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=Examples of Memediggers=
 
=Examples of Memediggers=
  
Review by Pete Cashmore of Mashable, at
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See [[Memediggers]] or the review by Pete Cashmore at Mashable, at  
 
http://mashable.com/2006/03/12/memediggers/
 
http://mashable.com/2006/03/12/memediggers/
 
"Most Digg-like sites focus on finding the latest news, but the model is increasingly being applied to other media types. Some notable examples:
 
 
Digg - Arguably the first, certainly the most popular. Digg uncovers the latest tech news at a blistering speed, although some users have criticized it for being sensationalist or converging on the lowest common denominator. Digg recently added voting to the comments, too.
 
 
Reddit - Another popular destination for news. Reddit allows users to vote down as well as up, and tends to feature a broader set of stories. Nonetheless, Reddit still focuses on technology news.
 
 
ShoutWire - Very similar to Digg, but with a more stylish interface. So far it hasn’t achieved the same level of popularity as Digg and Reddit. Some users went so far as to label it a digg clone.
 
 
180° News - Memedigger for a broad range of topics. Includes the latest news on technology, sports, entertainment, business, world, society and health.
 
 
Boxxet - Although still in testing, Boxxet can be described as a series of vertical Diggs - set up your own memedigger around a topic and let others rank the items within it. A pretty interesting idea (see my Boxxet review for more).
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
There are literally hundreds of near-identical memediggers springing up - most of them built on the open source Pligg software. Many have been criticized for failing to take the Digg idea forward, while others have applied the concept to interesting new topics. There are far too many to list here, but I’ll include a few that crossed my radar recently:
 
 
Staralicious - Memedigger for celebrity news.
 
 
StockDigg - Digg for stock trading.
 
 
iTunesLove - Memedigger for iTunes tracks.
 
 
Woomu - Another memedigger for videos. Woomu doesn’t display a thumbnail and you can’t play the videos directly on the site - VideoBomb is a lot more convincing.
 
 
Newsbump - An unabashed Digg clone. Pretty ugly, but it does have the advantage that you can view Australian, UK or US news."
 
(http://mashable.com/2006/03/12/memediggers/)
 
  
 
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Latest revision as of 01:48, 7 July 2007

Definition

Memetrackers monitor the discussion of ideas ("meme's") on the blogs.

Difference between Memetrackers and Memediggers

"a memetracker is a service that finds the most talked-about news and ideas by analysing the linking behaviour of blogs. It’s based on implicit actions. Memediggers, meanwhile, use explicit human-powered voting systems to deliver the most popular, relevant or interesting items. Since they require human action, these sites normally have a verb associated with them: Digg It, Shout It and so on." (http://mashable.com/2006/03/12/memediggers/)


Examples of Memetrackers

Review by Pete Cashmore at http://mashable.com/2006/02/03/the-rise-of-the-memetrackers/


"Has Memeorandum got competition? Over the last few months, a number of services have sprung up to help us find the most talked-about news of the moment. Time for a check-up on the state of the memeosphere…

Memeorandum - If you’re into tech or US politics, Memeorandum is unbeatable. It delivers the top news from the blogosphere and mainstream news sources with the added benefit of threaded discussions. Its only weakness is a lack of breadth - it would be nice to explore topics beyond tech and politics, or to drill down into more specifics.

Megite - After seeing it promoted with spammy blog comments like this one, I expected to dislike Megite. In actual fact, its results seem fairly good - at the time of writing, the tech section is displaying broadly the same stories as tech.memeorandum. Megite also covers a broader range of topics, including business, sports and entertainment. Just like its more established cousin, discussions are threaded. Not a bad effort at all.

Chuquet - I’ve spoken to the creator of Chuquet a couple of times about this, so I’m not going to labour the point that Chuquet is ugly, ugly, ugly. Laurence Timms has been developing the service since November 2004, and the results certainly show depth. Beyond the obvious design and usability issues, I think Chuquet shows some potential. The addition of tagging is certainly interesting, but I’d say this is really a work in progress right now. Oh, and it’s pronounced “shoo-kay, apparently. (I still prefer “chuck-it.)

Blogniscient - Despite being the prettiest of the group, Blogniscient is relatively hard to use. Not only is a lot of the page wasted on a huge header, but the results are squeezed into a narrow central column. Still, its result set is acceptable (a little dated, perhaps?) and it offers a somewhat limited cluster view. Sports, entertainment and business are offered in addition to the usual tech and politics sections. The “Top Blogs section is also a nice addition. Blogniscient provides a broader overview of the blogosphere and offers a UI design that won’t scare small children. Still, impatient early adopters (me!) might find it of limited use.

Overall, I think Memeorandum still maintains its edge when it comes to tech and politics, but the wider choice of topics offered by the other services is certainly welcome." (http://mashable.com/2006/02/03/the-rise-of-the-memetrackers/)

Examples of Memediggers

See Memediggers or the review by Pete Cashmore at Mashable, at http://mashable.com/2006/03/12/memediggers/