TechMeme And The Echo Chamber

Interesting interview with Techmeme creator Gabe Rivera by Danny Sullivan.

I’m also addicted to TechMeme. It does its’ job so well. Whilst Digg consists mostly of tedious trivia, Techmeme does a great job of finding serious tech stories. They use a mix of technology and human evaluation (i.e. link analysis).

Gabe has an interesting response to the echo-chamber effect:

Clearly Techmeme creates superficial incentives for “echo chamber” participation, yet I don’t see clear evidence that this makes things noticeably worse. I still like to trot out the example of the day my site launched. eBay’s acquisition of Skype became one of those huge story clusters, and this was hours before Techmeme [then tech.memeorandum] was publicly launched, i.e. before anyone believed they could get on the site by linking to stories. I’d also point out the idea of many headlines on a single major story is not a problem in and of itself. Consider that the iPhone unveiling will probably be one of the major stories for all of 2007. So on one day for it to account for 40 percent of the headlines on Techmeme is not all that out of whack“.

I’ve never thought the so-called echo-chamber was a problem either, so long as each blogger adds something to the story. An opinion. A context. Spin. Whatever.

That’s how the conversation develops the story, without being moderated or censored, which is what often happens in forums.

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