Techmeme, “the favorite news website of technology industry insiders” (Bloomberg) and “one of the first Web sites loaded on Silicon Valley’s laptops and iPhones each morning” (NYT), is the tech industry’s leading news aggregator. Introduced in 2005, the company added Mediagazer in 2010 to track media news. Other verticals include memeorandum (politics) and WeSmirch (celebrity news).
Operating originally as Google News-style fully-automated news aggregators, the company blended in human editors to the curation process at Techmeme and Mediagazer beginning in 2008. Its staff now includes nine news editors.
Techmeme has taken no outside investment, and is supported through revenues from sponsored blog posts, hiring promos, and event listings.
Techmeme won two Crunchies (2007 and 2012), both for “Best Bootstrapped Startup”.
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|Launch Date||July 19, 2007|
|Tags||tech-news, tech-meme, real-time-news, aggregator|
TechMeme works by constantly checking blogs and other news sites to create a page full of the current most popular tech news links. The list of sites TechMeme monitors is constructed automatically and changes in real time based on linking. A small “seeding” list, constructed by creator Gabe Rivera, is used to help the system build the complete list.
Stories are placed based on their importance. Importance depends on a number of factors, including links and how old the story is. The higher the importance, the higher the link will be on the site.
TechMeme River is a page showing TechMeme headlines in reverse chronological order.
The sites does have clearly marked sponsored posts. The technology behind the ads is unique. “A sponsor’s blog feed is polled every few minutes, the latest post of which appears in its assigned slot (first, second, or third) along with a logo image that links to the sponsor’s site.”