Coming soon: the self-annotated New York Times

The New York Times bought Blogrunner, the company behind the Annotated New York Times.

Bottom line?  Expect to see the NYT linking to bloggers writing about its stories, pronto, a la WashingtonPost.com’s use of Technorati links.

Good move on the part of the Times.  Maybe someone over there has been listening to the Gillmor Gang.

Personally, after touting it right here, I stopped paying attention to the Annotated Times page, probably because it still felt like I was reading the conversation through the lens of the NYT.  I’m not a huge Memeorandum fan, although I do subscribe to the technology feed. I haven’t looked that closely at Tailrank, although the popular stories feed it puts out does look rather useful to me.  Too many clicks to get past the filter to the story though.

All of these…memetrackers (anyone have a better word, please?)…serve the purpose of bringing together all the most relevant and timely commentary on a given news item / blog post.  The problem, of course, is that the filtering process is still very human-based.  I want a better algorithm, kids.  I want the algorithm to be based on everything and everyone, not just what Gabe thinks is most relevant.  1000 sources isn’t enough — I want it all.

[tags]nyt, new york times, memeorandum, tailrank, memetrackers[/tags]

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