Month: December 2008
Twingly News: BlogRank and Top 100
Today we’re launching two exciting projects at Twingly.com – Top 100 and BlogRank. The first one, Twingly Top 100, is the listing of the 100 biggest blogs in 12 different languages based on our ranking system (which is mainly focusing on inlinks and likes among other things). BlogRank is a number between 1-10 that shows how big a blog is. It’s similar to Google PageRank but only for blogs.
One of the most asked questions we get is “which are the biggest blogs in that language” and with Twingly Top 100, it’s now public. It’ll of course change over time but these are the top blogs right now in the 12 languages we have on Top 100:
- All languages: Techcrunch
- Danish: Slagt en hellig ko
- Dutch: Frankwatching
- English: Techcrunch
- Finnish: Valokuvatorstai
- French: Ma vie est tout à fait fascinante
- German: Basic Thinking Blog
- Greek: Preza TV
- Italian: Blog di Beppe Grillo
- Norwegian: NRKbeta
- Portuguese: Sedentário & Hiperativo
- Spanish: Microsiervos
- Swedish: Isabella Löwengrip
BlogRank could be found on your blog profile. It’s all public and if you would like to show it to your blog readers (it’s something that will gain you trust and show your influence) it’s easy to pick a badge on your blog profile to copy and paste in to your blog.
We would love feedback and thoughts on both Top 100 and BlogRank. Feel free to contact us or just comment below!
Halens goes live in Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Sweden!
Today the big e-commerce company Halens has started to use Twingly Blogstream on their sites in Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Sweden! They’re not only our third e-commerce partner, these are also the first sites in Estonia and Latvia to use Twingly.
Initially Halens uses Twingly on their sections for men and women’s clothing. They plan to launch Twingly on their whole site in the beginning of next year.
Memetrackers could be even better with a social filter
Gabe Rivera introduced an editor to his memetrackers earlier this week. From now on, Techmeme and his other sites will not only be edited by an algorithm but also by an human editor.
We think Gabe’s memetrackers are a great way to get news in a really smart way. Algorithms are powerful but the human touch will quite probably make memetrackers even better. But is a staff of editors the future?
Social interaction augmenting memetracking seems to be something even Google is considering. As recently pointed out by VentureBeat, one reason for Google showing strong interest in aquiring Digg could be the possibility of enhancing Google News with Digg’s social filter.
Broadstuff.com wrote an interesting blog post last week about social vs algorithm filtering in news. The conclusion was that Techmeme (in the sense of algorithm filtering) is something really powerful but that Twitter has become another, more social, way to get notified about (and discuss) news. Twitter has the ability to filter both personal and local, but also professional and other highly relevant news for you.
So I am now watching with fascination to see how the Algorithm filter (Techmeme) and the Social Network Filter (Twitter) vie for influence on my (and others’) attention span in the future.
At Twitter, the human touch from many people is the social filter. The question is if memetrackers would’nt be even better with something similar. Probably they would, is the answer. We think memetrackers could be improved with the help of both algorithms and many enthusiastic people. And we think Gabe is on the right path when he now introduces an editor to his memetrackers.
In the future, when there’s memetrackers for all topics for all your interests, it’ll probably be social filters and not hired professional editors. But the first step is taken and we have only seen very little of the potential in memetrackers.
Sveriges Radio use Twingly links for starving DJ’s
The Swedish public radio broadcaster Sveriges Radio starts up with Twingly on their campaign site for Musikhjälpen, sr.se/musikhjalpen. Musikhjälpen is a project with the purpose of collecting money to help refugees, that involves lots of music and famous Swedish artists.
A different twist on the charity theme is that three DJ’s will broadcast radio round the clock for six days in a row, from a special house made of glass, in the city center of Malmö. And the DJ’s aren’t allowed to eat any solid food, or leave the house. The connection between starving locked up DJ’s and the refugees of the world isn’t exactly clear to us, but we think Musikhjälpen is a nice project over all.
So get involved (Google Translate), all you music bloggers, as well as those of you who are interested in doing some good just a few weeks before Christmas!
Note: as we promised, Resume.se has also joined as Twingly Partner since last week.