"Blogsnow 'reads' blogs, depending on what's going on between 100 and 240 a minute. Out of this stream of information it extracts links and displays them in different views every 10 minutes."
"In the top section you find the most current results. Those lists focus on emerging links. If a topic is widely discussed, but has been so for longer than the timeframe of the view, then it will be ignored. This keeps the view fresh. Come back in an hour and you will see."
"In the second section you'll find a couple of views for different target sites. I was wondering which movies are being discussed in blogs. I was curious which ebay listings generate some hype. Those views are attempts to answer these questions. Depending on what they display they may have additional features. eBay listings expire, so I keep a cached version on my server. imdb, which I use as a reference for movies, displays a neat image, so blogsnow shows you that as well. Different to the 'now' section here all links ever found are being counted. I will add recent topic based views once these lists become to stale to be interesting."
There is also a section for the most popular weblog links to the New York Times, CNN, stories from Snopes, and Wikipedia.
ResourceShelf interview with Andreas Wacker, the creator of Blogsnow:
- RS: How does Blogsnow set itself apart from other blogging resources?
AW: I use Blogdex and Technorati frequently. But I looked more often than there was something new to see. Blogsnow updates every ten minutes, and it focuses in on topics that are emerging: If it the ratio between recently added and existing links balances then it will ignore those 'old' links. Old is a matter of a days or hours here. Blogs are quickly reacting to events, and blogsnow goes along with this. When Tenet resigned last week, it was nice to see that blogsnow was about an hour faster than technorati in picking the links up. Blogs are a realtime environment. Blogsnow is trying hard not to add too much delay into it. I am certainly reinventing the wheel somewhat with blogsnow. But to me those wheels resembled more the shape of stop signs. Which is not saying that I got rid of all corners on my wheel. There are still lots of those left.