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.”