I am pleased to announce the launch of a new service tweetmeme. I have started using twitter a lot more recently to find out what is ‘going on’ and many people who I had discussed twitter with were saying the same thing. What I believed was missing was a way to spot content that is posted on twitter and work out what is popular.
Thus tweetmeme was born, put simply it watches what is going on within twitter and picks up anyone posting links to content. We then track how many other mentions of the same content are made (and how influential they are.) and present them in a simple format.
And because the content that is posted on twitter is of a very wide content we also broadly categorize it, these are broken down into blogs / video / images / audio.
Every five minutes the system takes a snapshot of the current content and produces the web pages you view, this allows us also to build up an archive of how it looked over time, the site lets you access any of the previous pages via a simple set of drop-down boxes.
It is also possible to subscribe to a RSS feed for either the frontpage or any of the individual categories, each of the feeds contains a list of items as they are added onto tweetmeme.
Whenever a new piece of content is added into tweetmeme we automatically notify the user who first mentioned it back through twitter, this appears from the ‘tweetmeme’ twitter user. This is meant as another way to follow the content being found by twitter but also as a reward to the user so they get notified that they were the first to spot it.
Along with the feeds you can also access a ‘river’ view of the content as it was added.
This project has only possible because of help from a number of very talented people. So let me first thank Marjolein Hoekstra who first twittered about the concept and since then has been a constant sounding board for the project. And because we are maxed out internally Stuart Dallas has been of massive assistance, Stuart has previously assisted on fav.or.it and we greatly appreciate all his efforts.
UPDATE: I have been very quickly reminded how much influence has come from Techmeme when building this project, Gabe my apologies for not making mention before, fancy sharing links between the two services?
Nick Halstead (favorit Ltd)