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Hypergene MediaBlog » Headlines from the bottom up: The Daily Us

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Thursday, 23 Oct 2003

Headlines from the bottom up: The Daily Us

Emergence author Stephen Johnson spends a week with Technorati’s Breaking News and reports how metaheadline sites take the pulse of our reading habits and distribute the buzz. It’s vintage SJ. The piece covers why Technorati started, compares headlines in top-down media versus the bottom-up selections, and explores why some headlines get more links that others.

After finding a great read about why humans cry in the Financial Times, he sums up the benefit of collaborative news filtering: “Somewhere I had an editor and a writer to thank for producing the story, but I also had another group to thank for finding this one among the clutter and sharing it: the distributed eyes of the Daily Us.”

Sidenote: After searching all over the page to find a printer-friendly version of Johnson’s article on Discover.com, we finally discovered the grey buttons at the top of the page.

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Thinking it was a browser mistake, we finally clicked on “what are these?” only to reveal that they are “members-only” services (and thus greyed out). This means emailing a friend and rating the story is something only their members/subscribers should do. Why do media outlets continually try to discourage the formation of a social network around their stories? Fortunately, with the blogosphere and services like Technorati and GoogleNews, we can do it without them.

Also see
Post about article on Johnson’s blog
Amazoning the News

Posted on Oct 23, 2003 | 6:07 pm EST
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