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Make some of your own

Saturday, August 02, 2008 by Dave Winer.

A picture named pepsiBottlecap.jpgScoop Nisker said, famously: If you don't like the news, go out and make some of your own.  Permalink to this paragraph

That could be the anthem of blogging. With the tools so cheap, there's no reason to sit around grousing that you don't like the way the news is reported. You can always be a reporter. What's stopping you? Permalink to this paragraph

Duncan Riley points out something obvious, TechMeme is skewed toward TechCrunch. I agree. It's completely observable.  Permalink to this paragraph

At the moment he has a story that should be #1 on TechMeme, in his humble opinion. It would be if it were written by a TechCrunch person (which Riley used to be, he ought to know). No doubt. Permalink to this paragraph

BTW, other sites have the same story. I first heard about it on redstate.com.  Permalink to this paragraph

This is a problem! Permalink to this paragraph

The solution is to "make some of your own." Permalink to this paragraph

It would be a simple matter to write a program that regularly reads 20 or 30 blogs, aggregates and ranks the stories they're linking to and publishes the result. It's so simple it should be done. Permalink to this paragraph

I predict that if the combination of TechCrunch/TechMeme is Coke, this aggregation would become Pepsi. And once that happened, there would be a lot of grousing about how this new thing misses important stories, and we're off to the races! Permalink to this paragraph

Such an effort would certainly give Gabe an incentive to broaden the perspective of TechMeme, which would be a good thing, imho, for everyone.  Permalink to this paragraph

Update 9AM: Duncan's piece appears on TechMeme. Permalink to this paragraph

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