Comments: "Techmeme" creator Q-and-A, or - Serving The A-list For Fun And Profit

I won't take issue with the specifics of what you said. Except to note that Techmeme ultimately has to serve the "null-list", i.e. people who don't blog or write to the public web whatsoever. Unlike "Z-listers", null-listers tend not to care about the preponderance of "A-listers" on Techmeme!

BTW, sorry I made such a good impression. I'll try to be a bigger jerk next time we meet. :)

Posted by Gabe at January 18, 2007 12:04 AM

The word "serve" is actually used in two senses - "serve" as in "butler", and "serve" as in "waiter". That is, it's both doing what the A-lister's like, and distributing the A-listers (two goals which are not at all in confict!).

In many cases, it's not about being a bad person. It's about a system. I'm trying to be clear about that.

Posted by Seth Finkelstein at January 18, 2007 12:18 AM

Yeah Gabe, I hope my criticism in other threads wasn't taken personally. You're honest and upfront about how Memeorandum works at a high level.

That honesty has helped to validate Seth's and others thoughts about the fallacy of a flat conversation taking place in the blogosphere where all voices have equal access and reach.

And I'm still addicted to Memeorandum. Can't help it.

BTW Seth, I've been dipping my toes into Megite and TailRank as well, both of which can open horizons a bit.

Posted by Karl at January 18, 2007 10:46 AM

I've found both Megite and Tailrank to be broader in their sources.

Posted by Sterling Camden at January 19, 2007 04:45 PM