We all love that we can create topic clips blogs right from our Google Reader, a simple and effortless clip stream with it’s own feed and public page…my gripe is that you can’t clip outside stuff or annotate, see Top 10 Sources for a great example (this is not an RSS Reader).
Clustering is a feature missing from Google Reader, you will find it at MyFeedz, WizAg, Feeds 2.0, FeedEye, and Feedable.
Another term would be memetracking within your RSS Reader, all this means is that similar stories are clustered together (including showing inlinks for each), and it may provide bonus stories from outside your RSS Reader (ie. related stories to a cluster, from feeds you are not subscribed to).
Even if Google Reader did introduce clustering, would I be able to clip a clustered meme to my clip streams. At the moment you can share single links in a public clips or link stream, well what about a clips meme stream, this means instead of clipping links one at a time, you get to clip a cluster of links as one entry.
Feedable now has clip or linkblogs, so my question is what about memeblogs, to repeat myself, where instead of each entry being a link, each entry is a cluster or bunch of links, basically meme clipping.
A meme cluster as a unit or permalink obviously begs to be able to do more than pointing to the permalink (as we do in Techmeme), we want to embed a widget of a meme in our blog posts, why point to a Techmeme URL, when you can have the excerpt of the content within your post (and I don’t mean an image).
Once Google Reader does clustering, I’d love to be able to grab a cluster of links around a meme as a widget and put it in a blog post.
When you are writing a blog post you often have to go to the trouble to list lots of links about a current topic or meme, and sometimes you even may include a quote for each link, eg. Emily’s post on her Twitterverse blog about all the blogs that have mentioned the new release of her Twitterverse product.
Now imagine if she could search the term “twitterverse” in megite (coming soon), and the results are displayed in that visual memetracker layout that we love (rather than unappealing linear search results). She could then grab that meme as a widget and put it in her blog post, instead of manually doing it all herself.
OK, at the moment those blog posts she’s included in her post will know they are being talked about if they follow their ego feeds, but will they know each time they have been embedded as a megite widget, will the links of all the posts in the meme widget be tracked by search engines, so you can know someone is talking about you.
I suppose another thing is that Emily compiled the posts she chose to talk about, nothing beats personal choice, whereas a meme widget will have a bunch of generated clustered posts (and may exclude some good stuff, compared to scouring the net yourself). She also chose to quote an excerpt from each, maybe posts in a meme can expand for summaries.
Anyway in this case maybe doing it manually is better, but for other situations when you want to say, check out who’s talking about the latest product, all you would have to do is effortlessly search megite or perhaps your own RSS Reader, and grab the meme as a widget and embed it in your blog post.
Over time a new meme could connect to older meme’s, that is, a re-surface of a conversation that was had in the past. Would the old meme grow to include the new meme or would they be separate as they happened at different time chunks, therefore are different conversations, even though they are about the same thing.
I guess they could link to each other eg. also see….
If you went back to look at an old meme and it has lots more links compared to when you last looked at it, would the widget version of that meme in your blog post grow as well…I don’t think so, I believe meme’s are time sensitive. But it would be great for the meme widget in my blog post to suddenly have a link saying also see this new related meme.
How this could work is that if all the links in a meme were wrapped up in an OPML URL.
Imagine for each meme in megite you could grab an OPML Grazr widget, and the outline in this Grazr widget mimicked the layout of the meme in megite.
You could put this OPML Grazr meme in a blog post and because it is based on OPML, any new links added to the megite meme, would reflect in the Grazr meme in your blog post…
OPML makes everyone happy