Blocks TechMeme

I’m not a Dave Winer fan.  I really never was.  Especially not since he told me to “fuck off” in an email a few years ago πŸ™‚

But that doesn’t mean I don’t respect Dave’s work.  I do, and have for years.  And I like what he’s trying to prove here – if you are measuring the blogosphere do it fairly, do it honestly, and do it transparently.  Otherwise your numbers can’t be trusted.

And that holds true for anything you are measuring – not just the “popularity” of blogs. 

Dave Winer, who writes the popular and venerable blog, has requested that TechMeme stop indexing his site. TechMeme automatically determines news headlines on its site by analyzing linking patterns among influential blogs (‘influential’ being defined by TechMeme’s founder, Gabe Rivera). Winer doesn’t like the fact that when he links to a story it gives that story extra juice on TechMeme. It’s rare for a blogger to take action to reduce her/his own influence, but that is exactly what Winer has done. It’s just an experiment for now, he says. Something tells me we won’t see droves of bloggers rushing to take similar action.

Source: Blocks TechMeme