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The Problem with Meme Trackers: They Limit Thinking Technorati icon

November 23, 2006 | Filed under: Software I Like

The problem with meme trackers is that they are too good.

Sites like Techmeme (which I am rather addicted to), Megite and Tailrank algorithmically create one-stop overviews of the most popular discussions on the web at any one moment. We depend on them and fall into a new kind of mass-market  behavior in which everyone thinks the same. New ideas that are outside of the current memes - especially big ones that take a long time to think through - don't get the processor cycles in the brain. We are all busy solving the same problems. 

The paradox: This is one of those posts which fails to escape the meme trap. LOL.

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