Memeorandum's hopelessly US-centric site

Robert Scoble wrote an article overnight in praise of Memeorandum’s splitting itself into two sites.

Memeorandum, in case you haven’t come across it, aggregates news from the blogosphere by topic and presents it in the form of a news site – very similar to Google News in concept but with its focus on the blogosphere rather than news sites.

Gabe Riviera, the owner/developer of Memeorandum, split the site so that the original site now concentrates on the world of politics while the new site is dedicated to what’s happening in the tech sphere.

As Scoble said – what’s cool about this is:

he doesn’t look at all of the blogs in the world (unless you hit preferences and start using the blog search services he’s linked in). Huh? How cool can that be if it doesn’t include your Uncle Joe who wrote code one time back in college?

It’s very cool, because it has very low noise. In fact, I’ve been visiting this 10 to 50 times a day for the last few months and I’ve never seen something that I would call noise or spam.

The Tech site is quite good at catching what is going on in the Tech arena at any particular point in time but the Political site is hopelessly (for now) US centric. What the Political site needs is a way of aggregating political news from all over the world and breaking it down country by country or even by region – then it will become useful to non-US readers.

Gabe Riviera has a Memorandum blog here and another more personal blog here but comments don’t appear to be enabled on either blog making them extremely lame.

2 thoughts on “Memeorandum's hopelessly US-centric site”

  1. Wait, is it hopeless or is there still hope for multiple countries? Decide, man! 🙂

    You’re right though, that would be swell. It’s on my “todo” list, about 40 meters down. (Hey, I convereted to meters!) Did I mention memeorandum is a 1-person entity?

    But, again you’re right, and I would like, somehow, to crank out as many verticals as the world could bear.

    Sorry for the lack of comments. I used a custom CMS, like a number of insane people, and haven’t had the chance to integrate comments…

  2. Gabe,

    thanks for stopping by and commenting – I appreciate it. I notice my post didn’t appear on your site though!

    Anyway, I appreciate that you are a one-man-band and congratualtions on what you have achieved to-date. As a single-person organisation, you have done a spectacular job.

    I would consider moving the world view up the priority list a few meters, though. There’s a lot of world out there, apart from the US and if this were even broken into Americas, Europe and Australasia, you would vastly increase the relevance of the site to the rest of the world.

    On the comments front, I can strongly recommend WordPress – both as blog software and as a simple CMS!

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