Today The Guardian does a write up of one of the sites that is indispensable to the work I do here at MyDD -- Memeorandum.

If you want to know what's happening in the world, then Memorandum will tell you - at least in a couple of areas. It's an automated news clipping service, known in the trade as a "news aggregator". It provides headlines and short texts updated every few minutes, with links to the original sites, much like Google News.

Memeorandum is based on the idea of "memes" or ideas that spread across the web (along with a pun on memorandum). Someone publishes an interesting story, other people find it, discuss it, and link to it. That's how the web works. Small stories come and go quickly, while big ones generate lots of comment and dominate the page for hours.


Google also follows links and assesses content, but Memeorandum is embarrassingly better than Google News. Google reckons that the more coverage a story gets, the more important it is. Unfortunately, broad coverage takes a long time to develop, so Google News can run hours or even a day behind Memeorandum. This is fine for casual consumers, but if you're a news junkie - or a journalist - it's hopeless.

There's seldom a day that goes by, whether a day or on the weekend, that I'm not on Memeorandum at least a dozen times. While I'm able to cycle through my normal slate of blogs and news sites in my favorites, catching a great deal if not the vast majority of the day's major stories, Memeorandum more than fills in the gaps, catching stories I otherwise wouldn't have a chance to see. Of course the way I found the article above... was through Memeorandum.

For more on Memeorandum, read Joe Gandelman. But for now, how are you getting your news these days (outside of MyDD, that is)? What sites aren't we reading that we should be reading?

Update [2008-12-1 16:51:9 by Jerome Armstrong]: Memeorandum has been the best-kept secret on the web. Here's the other like-minded sites I use: (aggregates top stories on political blogs) (tracks trends) (tracks popular political videos) (tracking buzz on blogs)

Tags: Memeorandum, meta (all tags)



Re: Memeorandum

Great tip. Thanks. I just added it to my favorites.

by venician 2008-12-01 12:02PM | 0 recs
Wow. Thanks! n/t

by Bob Sackamento 2008-12-01 12:22PM | 0 recs
Re: Memeorandum

I've been reading Democracy Arsenal for 'progressive' foreign policy analysis and Counterterrorism Blog for nitty-gritty stuff on asymmetrical conflicts.  Have very much enjoyed Steve Benen's Political Animal at the Washington Monthly throughout the campaign for political analysis which is often insightful though like most political sites it's a bit quieter now.

by Shaun Appleby 2008-12-01 12:52PM | 0 recs
Re: Memeorandum
What a great link!
Just what I need, more "stuff" to read!
by skohayes 2008-12-01 01:25PM | 0 recs
Re: Memeorandum

I've had Memeorandum on my MyYahoo list for a long time now. It's right after Progress Illinois (excellent local news run by Josh Kalven, formerly of MediaMatters and supported by SEIU), TPM, Kevin Drum, Political Animal and Atrios.

If you ever want to know what wingnut bloggers are getting worked up about it's a great source. I like to go over there every now and then and find some idiocy that needs straightening out.

by markg8 2008-12-01 05:27PM | 0 recs
Re: Memeorandum

BTW I found this post via Memeorandum.

by markg8 2008-12-01 05:27PM | 0 recs


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