30 Startups And The Buzz They Are Getting From the Blogosphere

On Tuesday TechCrunch published a list of “30 Startups People Care About The Most”. It was based on a new service called StartupFollower which allows people to signup for email notifications if the popular (and recently acquired blog) covers a specific startup. After StartupFollower itself got covered on TechCrunch the day earlier, the founder sent the distribution list of startups people have signed up for on the new service to TechCrunch, which created a ranking of the most requested tech startups from it.

Now obviously the TechCrunch ranking is far from official, since it is only based on readers of the blog who opted to signup for notifications on StartupFollower. We decided to do a little reality check and to compare the TechCrunch ranking based on StartupFollower subscriptions with the buzz in the blogosphere.

So we checked the 30 startups from the list with our Twingly Blog Search and compiled a new ranking based on the number of mentions the different web companies got within the past 30 days. As you can imagine the result looks a bit different, even though there are some similarities and some key players which are leading the pack in both lists.

Let’s have a look at the Top 30 Startups and at how many people in the blogosphere mentioned each of them. You find the rank from the TechCrunch list in brackets:

1. Google (5)
2. Amazon (29)
3. Facebook (1)
4. YouTube (17)
5. Twitter (2)
6. Apple (7)
7. Yahoo (27)
8. Digg (15)
9. LinkedIn (11)
10. Evernote (24)
11. Scribd (28)
12. TechCrunch (10)
13. Spotify (26)
14. Foursquare (3)
15. Groupon (6)
16. Zynga (9)
17. Dropbox (21)
18. Yelp (16)
19. Zazzle (25)
20. Gowalla (12)
21. SCVNGR (19)
22. Tumblr (20)
23. Square (23)
24. Quora (4)
25. Yammer (18)
26. OpenTable (30)
27. Qwiki (14)
28. LivingSocial (13)
29. RockMelt (8)
30. Gilt Group (22)

Anything that especially surprised you?

/Martin Weigert