What a month, since revamping TweetMeme at the end of February we have seen massive growth of the website, API and adoption of our widgets, such that we are now serving 5+ million requests a day and growing strongly every week.
We think twitter as a source of news is becoming ever more compelling but one limiting factor has been that the stories had no categorization and therefore the river of news contained anything from lolcats to pictures of Stephen Fry stuck in a lift. Today we have released our next major release which includes a whole raft of improvements including categorization of content.
We probably will still have many tweaks to make but we hope you like the changes, if you have feedback we have started a whole new forum and FAQ area under http://help.tweetmeme.com
We now have an interface for you to filter down the news into categories. At the same time we have introduced the ability to sort stories by the total retweet count over 7 days, this works alongside ‘recent stories’, and ‘Top in 24 Hours’. One last note – the categories and the filters we use to fill them are very much work-in-progress, and we welcome feedback on things it gets wrong.
Not everyone has a twitter account but may want to get a story into the twitterverse so we have added a very simple way to submit a story. This pushes that story into our twitter account @tm_incoming which we hope others will follow and pick out the stories to retweet.
The Whole Story
We have a whole load of data about every link we store and wanted a useful way for users to look at that data. So besides every link there is now a ‘more..’ link that takes you to a range of details, such as excerpt of the story, a thumbnail plus a graph ‘Tweets Over Time’ – this gives you a 24 hour snapshot of when the retweeting occurred. Plus you can now embed that widget on your own blog to show your users.
Who Am I?
You can now click on the name of a twitter user who has submitted a story and get a full rundown on all the stories they have submitted and how many retweets they have gained. You can also just go to the user page and enter the name of any twitter user and see any stories they have recently tweeted.
If you wish to follow a particular category of story we have now added a range of twitter accounts – these range from simple categories like @tm_technology to @tm_1000 that only tweets stories that hit 1000 retweets. We are likely to add more – and interested in any ideas people have.