Gabe’s is featured in WSJ

The Wall Street Journal highlights the growing elite and the growth of …IMO tech.memeorandum like functionality is the future of media consumption.  The conversations on tech.memeorandum now

Revolutions don’t usually work out quite as planned. And that’s what’s happening now in the technology world with blogs. But in an entirely different way.

In the standard theory about technology blogs — which was the conventional wisdom until a few months ago — mainstream media were out of touch, elitist or simply ossified, and they would soon be supplanted by a grass-roots army of bloggers working intently at their laptops to speak truth to power.

The reality is that while there are now as many tech blogs as stars in the sky, only a tiny fraction of them matter. And those that do aren’t part of some proletarian information revolution, but instead have become the tech world’s new elite. Reporters for the big mainstream newspapers and magazines, long accustomed to fawning treatment at corporate events, now show up and find that the best seats often go to the A-list bloggers.

The easiest way to follow this world is via a useful blog-tracking service called tech.memeorandum. The site runs off software written by Gabe Rivera, a former Intel compiler programmer. It sifts through hundreds of technology-oriented blogs to find the hour’s hot topics and who is saying what about them. 

One day last week on tech.memeorandum, for instance, the big news that had bloggers buzzing was the announcement that Yahoo mail would be offering RSS feeds. {Note: had the exclusive Yahoo announcement that headlined that morning and quickly followed by Mike Arrington)

Consider a blog like TechCrunch, which chronicles the new breed of Internet start-ups known as Web 2.0 companies. The blogger behind it, Michael Arrington, is sufficiently influential that entrepreneurs in search of a write-up will make pilgrimages to his house to give product demos.

The fond hope of these entrepreneurs is that among his 12,000 readers will be a venture capitalist or (better yet) someone with a checkbook at Google or Yahoo. (Companies can be born, hire executives, unveil technology and get acquired without ever leaving this closed community.) And Mr. Arrington also has the social standing to be able to throw big Gatsby-like parties for as many of the 12,000 as were able to find out they were taking place and cared to show up.

Update: CrunchNotes blogged it and so did Susan Mernit and now Richard McMannus (who was drinking tonight)


Author: John

Entrepreneur living in Palo Alto California and the Founder of SiliconANGLE Media

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