Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Los Angeles Tech Launched - Hot List

I'm happy to announce the launch of the Los Angeles Tech Content Community. This is the beginning of a content community that collects and organizes the best content from blogs and web sites. The goal is to create a place where it's relatively easy to find current content and highly relevant content surrounding Los Angeles Technology.

To be clear Los Angeles Tech is a jump off point. The content comes from other places. This is mostly from bloggers, but also from pages being included by members. The bottom line is that Los Angeles Tech is trying to help find and navigate that content.

There are some very cool new features being released all the time as part of the software that powers this system. One of the more interesting new features is that the site now takes into account social signals. In other words, it uses what is happening:
  • with the content out in the network
  • with searches that land on the site,
  • what happens when people visit the site,
  • and various other kinds of behaviors.
Together these social signals indicate content that is likely of higher quality (or at least of higher interest). This technology allows us to see what is hot. So here's the

Hot List for 1/1/2009 - 1/15/2009

Top 5 Posts
  1. The 7 Ways to Get Traffic on the Web
  2. Why You Need To Lead A Tribe - Seth Godin
  3. LA Gets Dugg, Hammered, Screwed
  4. How To Get The World Excited About Your Business –The James Siminoff Interview
  5. Viral analytics and metrics - go viral young startup
Top 20 Keywords
  1. SEO
  2. Metrics
  3. Marketing
  4. Social Media
  5. Alelo
  6. Google
  7. Yahoo
  8. Mahalo
  9. MySpace
  10. Tech Coast Angels
  11. Idealab
  12. Mission Ventures
  13. Clearstone
  14. Hollywood
  15. Santa Barbara
  16. Venice
  17. San Diego
  18. Santa Monica
  19. Twiistup
  20. Mixergy

Notes on the keyword list. This is based on occurrences during this time period as compared to other time periods. It also includes some other social signals such as traffic, clicks, etc.

Also, I can't claim that I can explain why certain things are in the hot list. The social signals seem obvious in some cases, but not always clear to me in other cases. Still I would claim that most of those posts are pretty good ones - certainly I'm happy seeing that list.

I'm very curious to hear any reactions to this idea of a hot list.