I read Scott Karp religiously. Of all the blogs I read, he's the only one that I read almost every day. Most of the big tech/media/ad blogs that are updated regularly lack any critical depth. Scott covers the breaking biz developments (albeit not so incessantly) and he's got great insight.
I've noticed that the bigger business-minded tech blog publishers (not naming any names) seem to be publishing their entries more than once. This normally wouldn't be an issue. But.. it shows up in my RSS reader multiple times. I know not to read them more than once. But, it takes me a second to skim them and realize I've already read or skimmed them before. And they're wasting my time doing it.
I am guessing here... but I bet that this practice increases the number of RSS reads and visits to the site... which ultimately helps them increase page views and revenue. This may not be a scam. They may be correcting grammar, spelling or punctuation. And there are of course, legitimate updates to stories that most readers probably want to read. But, this practice seems to be a bit excessive. And it seems to happen mostly at the bigger tech blogs. I don't see many personal blogs with this issue. Am I imaginging this or are you sick of reading TechCrunch posts more than once too?
Maybe I never left. Who knows? The techmeme algrorithm is as secret as google's. As it probably should be. It's already pretty easy to get on the homepage of techmeme if you're in the their tech blog index. (Of course, that's a fairly earned position.) All you have to do is pay attention to what's news and blog about it quickly. If that news item proves popular, you show up. Then, you get traffic.
Techmeme is the online equivalent of a circle jerk.
I've never gotten a blog post on my blog to be a headline article on the site. However, for awhile, I was being listed as part of the discussion - when the fancy struck me to blog about timely things. It hasn't happened for a few months, though. That's probably because I haven't blogged as much and the law of averages says: if i blog less, I'll be on techmeme less. Or maybe Techmeme noticed I haven't blogged as much or haven't linked to as many other techy blogs. And they unranked me somehow.
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