Hot on the heels of our recent announcement concerning a whopping 390% increase in the number of social media sources we monitor we’re pleased to say ain’t finished there.. This week our social media sources numbered over one million for the first time, grabbing around 1.5m individual posts a day, looking something like this :
We fully intend to keep driving forward not only with our social media sources, but news as well, and ensure we offer the most complete media monitoring solution out there. So thanks to the Team for all their hard work in getting us here and we’re already looking forward to the next million!
June 11, 2010
We posted a few months ago on the growing trend away from blogging and increasing popularity of ‘lifestreaming’ services such as Tumblr and Twitter. 2009 has certainly been the year of Twitter but perhaps it is slightly too soon to proclaim the death of blogs if comScore’s October estimates are anything to go by.
TechCrunch have wrapped things up pretty nicely with this post showing the relative strength of the WordPress platform (although pointing out the same can be said for Google’s Blogger), which despite the suggestion to the contrary shows blogging has never really gone away.
As we’ve seen an explosion in the various social media platforms over the past few years, we’re sure that there will be spikes in popularity for all types of social Web services as they each continue to innovate and push the technology forward.
Food for thought, and as many of you prepare to tuck into a turkey dinner we’d like to wish you all a very festive and happy Thanksgiving from the team at Moreover!
November 26, 2009
Here at Moreover we are pleased to announce a free Webinar showcasing how to track and monitor the latest social media buzz using Moreover’s Newsdesk.
It has been estimated that by the year 2010, 70% of all digital information being created will be user-generated, with social media applications, such as Twitter, Wikipedia, Amazon, YouTube and Flickr attracting over one billion users within five years.
With the dramatic increase in user generated content, the challenge for today’s content manager is how to track quality social media news and disseminate it across their enterprise.
The Webinar, first in a series of events and activities focused on important industry issues, will take place this Wednesday 23 September at 16.30 BST/11.30 EDT/08.30 PDT. So if you’re interested in attending please register here and we look forward to your company on Wednesday!
September 21, 2009
We’ve just added blogs to the free Moreover RSS feeds pages. The blog search runs over the latest posts from around 250,000 blogs, i.e. those on the UGC Metabase White List. You can use the sliders to increase the relevancy and quality of the search results, for example slide the sources filter to the right and you’ll just get results from top blogs (using Moreover’s feedRank).
You can also select one of the prebuilt feed categories and search within that – by sticking to a predefined universe of content you can get even more specific with your results. The full list of the new blog feeds is also on the prebuilt feeds page, just click the green RSS icons,
We hope you like these latest additions! Let us know if you have any comments, we love to hear from you, or if you’ve got a blog you want us to include in the search just drop us a line with the address.
July 15, 2009
Web strategist and blogger Jeremiah Owyang observes how the nature of self publishing on the web is changing, with the traditional blog no longer the main vehicle for expression. Instead micromedia platforms like FriendFeed, Posterous, and Twitter make it easier to post more frequently, and are better suited to the sort of constant chatter we’re now seeing. Quick, easy and often, but not necessarily richer content.
That’s not to say that blogs are disappearing, rather the new lifestreaming-type tools are leading to specialisation of the media: Blogs are still better for posting original, rich content, the larger thought-through pieces, while micromedia is better suited for continuous comms and is now taking that function away from the blog.
Is Blogging Evolving Into Life Streams?
June 29, 2009
We’re pleased to announce that blogs are now available with the Moreover search engine service (see Search Engine Toolkit). Alongside news sources you can search across the latest blog posts from the Moreover White List of approx. 250,000 blogs. Search across the title, and/or the post’s text, slice by rank or topic, apply relevancy filters, set a time range, and a whole host of other filters and options.
With the toolkit you basically get API access to our news+blogs search engine. Customers can completely white label search engine features and imbed them within their applications and UI. Effectively it outsources news aggregation and search engine development so you can focus on the actual delivery of services to your customers and users. Case in point: BusinessWeek’s BusinessExchange - interweaving Moreover-fed news links across their universe of topics.
For our free RSS feed loving folk – we’ll be adding blogs alongside news there too in the near future, so stay tuned!
May 27, 2009
We’re pleased to announce and share with you the Moreover top 100 blogs, lifted from the UGC Metabase.
Blogs are ranked by number of inbound links from other blogs in the Moreover White List, an index of ~250,000 active blogs. We’ll be updating our top 100 in time as we grow the White List and refine the ranking calculations.
Where known the blog platform is given, with WordPress re-affirming its popularity, accounting for no less than 39 blogs (see Pingdom’s analysis of Technorati’s top 100 for comparison). The top two spots meanwhile go to CNET.
Moreover – Top 100 blogs
1 CNET News Daily Podcast n/a
2 The Web Services Report n/a
3 I4U News PHP-Nuke
4 Gizmodo n/a
5 Engadget Blogsmith
6 Tim Anderson’s ITWriting WordPress
7 TechNet Blogs Community Server
8 Digital Trends n/a
9 Kotaku n/a
10 Neowin.net / Main n/a
11 Search Engine Land WordPress
12 PhysOrg.com n/a
13 CrunchGear WordPress
14 TechCrunch WordPress
15 eWeek – RSS Feeds n/a
16 Cult of Mac WordPress
17 Gadgetell n/a
18 The Open Road n/a
19 Ars Technica – Infinite Loop Movable Type
20 Mashable WordPress
21 VentureBeat WordPress
22 Ars Technica Movable Type
23 TechAddress WordPress
24 MacRumors : Mac News and Rumors n/a
25 Startup Meme WordPress
26 The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) Blogsmith
27 Joystiq [Xbox] Blogsmith
28 DailyTech News Feed n/a
29 Gawker: Valleywag n/a
30 digg.com: Stories / Technology / Popular n/a
31 Gawker n/a
32 Joystiq Blogsmith
33 Macworld n/a
34 TechSpot n/a
35 Boy Genius Report WordPress
36 The Tech Report: News n/a
37 TG Daily – All News FeedCreator
38 Warp2Search.net Other
39 GigaOM WordPress
40 BloggingStocks Blogsmith
41 Techworld.com News n/a
42 DSLreports – front page n/a
43 Podcasting News WordPress
44 Today @ PC World n/a
45 The Microsoft Blog n/a
46 Apple 2.0 WordPress
47 NewTeeVee WordPress
48 TechNewsWorld n/a
49 GottaBeMobile.com Podcast Liberated Syndication
50 Buzz Out Loud n/a
51 mediabistro.com: TVNewser Movable Type
52 MarketWatch.com – Top Stories n/a
53 MarketingVOX – The Voice of Online Marketing n/a
54 Engadget HD Blogsmith
55 InfoWorld News Feed n/a
56 iLounge Expression Engine
57 Andy Beal’s Marketing Pilgrim WordPress
58 MobileCrunch WordPress
59 Bits WordPress
60 Search Engine Journal WordPress
61 Ask Dave Taylor! n/a
62 Web User: Internet & Tech News n/a
63 Download Squad Blogsmith
64 SANS Internet Storm Center, InfoCON: green Other
65 TeleRead: Bring the E-Books Home WordPress
66 Gadgettes n/a
67 Profy WordPress
68 F-Secure Antivirus Research Weblog n/a
69 Laughing Squid WordPress
70 Weblogs SL Other
71 Between the Lines WordPress
72 Breaking News: CBSNews.com n/a
73 MacInTouch n/a
74 Laptoping.com WordPress
75 The J-Walk Blog n/a
76 Pruned Blogger
77 CyberNet WordPress
78 CenterNetworks - n/a
79 Andy Beal’s Marketing Pilgrim WordPress
80 gHacks technology news WordPress
81 Steve Clayton: Geek In Disguise Community Server
82 TechCrunch WordPress
83 Lost Remote WordPress
84 Webomatica – Technology and Entertainment Digest WordPress
85 Statesman – Latest Business Stories Headlines Other
86 Liberal Democrat Voice WordPress
87 The Apple Core WordPress
88 The Mac Observer n/a
89 TV Squad Blogsmith
90 mathewingram.com/work WordPress
91 BoomTown WordPress
92 dailywireless.org WordPress
93 SitePoint WordPress
94 Bink.nu Community Server
95 GigaOM » FoundRead WordPress
96 ResourceShelf WordPress
97 Google Blogoscoped n/a
98 MediaFile WordPress
99 B R I G H T n/a
100 The Blog Herald WordPress
March 16, 2009
We are pleased to announce the upcoming launch of improved language detection for blogs in the UGC Metabase in two weeks. We’re also introducing new blog lists sorted by language, so you can see all the English, French, German, Chinese blogs, etc, in our index.
And we’re adding a new date field, showing the time we indexed a particular post. This is in addition to the publish date already provided, as copied from the original XML/RSS feed.
1. Improved language detection at post level
Blog feeds normally state which language they are in. However, this isn’t always reliable – typically blog publishing platforms have a default language setting, and bloggers do not always update their blogs to give their local language. The result is a significant portion of blog feeds with the wrong language.
We’ve been working hard in the background to produce a more reliable approach to language detection. We’ll be rolling this out next month as the basis for setting the post’s language, as provided in the <language> tag. Only when this approach is unable to confidently determine the language, will we revert to using the language tag provided in the original XML as fallback.
2. New language tagging at feed level
Further to this, we are adding a new <feedLanguage> tag, showing the language of the blog feed. This is in addition to the existing <language> tag referred to above, which is at post level.
Adding language categorisation at feed level makes it possible to better organise the index by language – for example we can identify exactly which blogs are in French, which are in English, etc, and provide and manage these in lists.
The new language tag will appear in the UGC XML as follows
3. Introducing a new Harvest Date field
Lastly, we’re adding a new <itemHarvestDate> field to the feed. This gives the time Moreover actually indexed the item. We already pass on the publish date of the post, as provided in the original XML/RSS feed — The new index time complements this tag and can provide, for example, additional information about the latency of indexing as it occurs across the feeds.
The new harvest date tag will appear in the UGC XML as follows:
All times are shown in GMT.
We believe in being open and transparent about our crawling performance, and are confident about our technology. We invite comparison with other, similar services (for example, see Technorati and a recent comment on ReadWriteWeb), and welcome any feedback you, as customers and users, have.
February 19, 2009
A note to our French customers and others interested – the UGC Metabase was updated overnight with approx. 15,000 French language blogs from blogging platform Canal Blog. Bon.
January 15, 2009