This is the week for top lists, it seems. First, we had the Techmeme Leaderboard get launched (and now being debated again), then we got a list of the most mentioned sites on Digg. Now there’s a third one — sites with the most cumulative Diggs. More on both Digg lists and the Techmeme debate, below.
Patrick Altoft over at BlogStorm did a Digg Saturation List this week. The idea was to see how often a site is mentioned on Digg. Patrick did a Google search focused within Digg itself for a variety of sites, then put them in order. YouTube topped the list, followed by Yahoo and Google.
It was interesting, but I commented that doing a search at Digg to see the number of times a site has had any stories actually submitted might be interesting — or more so, the number of overall Diggs a particular site has received for all of its stories.
Now we’ve got that, over at Yuivisense: StatBot: Top 100 Sites on Digg.com by Net Diggs. The blogspot.com domain tops the list with over one million cumulative Diggs, followed by Ars Technica, Yahoo and Engadget. Check it out.
As for the Techmeme Leaderboard, which launched this week, Dave Winer has stirred up debate by suggesting the leaderboard is further fueling people to say outrageous things just to get on the list and Techmeme itself.
I don’t know. Sure, Jason Calacanis getting up high today with his definition of Web 3.0 isn’t exactly my idea of top tech news. But this isn’t new, either. Techmeme’s Front Pages: What’s Really A Big Story & How To Go Back In Time from me back in June 2006 looked at how Rocketboom dominated Techmeme — which was a non-issue to me and commented on far beyond what I think many people thought was appropriate.
Sometimes, especially on slow news days, crazy things come up. Sometimes, you also get people with extra time on their hands to start reacting to something they might have shrugged off.
Yes, that can fire up an odd echo chamber effect on Techmeme. But sorry, Dave – Techmeme’s far from being a cesspool. Not perfect, sure — nothing is. But most of the time, I continue to find it my essential daily newspaper for the tech world, showing me throughout the day what various people are talking about.
FYI, Q&A With Gabe Rivera, Creator Of Techmeme from me earlier this year looks at the inner workings of Techmeme.