Anybody who uses Google Reader as their RSS feed reader of choice, and who shares items to a link blog can make their own personal leaderboard. While I won't be updating mine multiple times daily, as Gabe Rivera does on Techmeme, and I can only show 40 items, instead of 100, I will, starting tonight, be posting my own LG Leaderboard, for the previous 30 days, and will update this list every month, on the 26th of the month.
First, the dataset:
According to Google Reader, from my 336 subscriptions, over the last 30 days I read 16,386 items and shared 919 items.
Second: The leaders for July of 2008:
Like Techmeme, my #1 shared blog was TechCrunch, thanks to their frequent posting and high number of stories I believe those who follow my link blog would be interested in. Similarly, given my own bias, this blog is in the #2 position. I'd remove it from the leaderboard, but don't want to skew the statistics. Duncan Riley's The Inquisitr has made a strong showing at the #3 position, followed byRead/Write Web at #4 and Silicon Alley Insider at #5. All percentages shown are the result of taking the number of shares in the month per source, divided by the total number of shares. (In this case N/919)
|Position||Blog||% of Shares|
|5.||Silicon Alley Insider||3.48%|
|11.||Why Does Everything Suck?||1.41%|
|13.||I'm Not Actually a Geek||1.41%|
|14.||Robert Scoble's Shared Link Blog||1.31%|
|17.||Online Media Cultist||1.20%|
|18.||Stay N' Alive||1.20%|
|21.||Sarah In Tampa||1.09%|
|25.||Deep Jive Interests||0.98%|
|37.||The Unofficial Apple Weblog||0.76%|
|38.||SEO and Tech Daily||0.76%|
|39.||Jeremy Toeman's LIVEdigitally||0.76%|
All told, these top 40 sources accounted for 595 of the 919 shares over the last 30 days, or 64.7% of the total, meaning the other 296 sources accounted for 324 total shares, or 35.3% of the total. Everybody's leaderboard will be vastly different, for sure. Contrasted with the Techmeme leaderboard, the flagship for measurements like this, I lack a number of more mainstream feeds, like the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Reuters and Forbes, but in its place, you see a lot more individual bloggers who bring me the news I find interesting. I'll be posting these regularly, and if you would do the same, send me a link in the comments to your list. Could be a great way to find new blogs and news sources. Also, if you think you belong here, add your blog in the comments, and there's a chance you'll be on the leaderboard next month!
You can find my Google Reader shared items link blog here, or see them included in my FriendFeed.