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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Omphaloskepsis (look it up)

The other day I received the following chatty little email:

Hello David

Wikio, an aggregator of online news and blogs, has recently kicked off our own blog ranking where your blog treppenwitz stands at number 850. Check out by clicking directly on this link:


So how does our Top Blogs ranking work?

The position of blogs in their Wikio ranking depends on the number and value of links that other blogs point toward them. The value of these links depends on the ranking of the blog publishing them. So in our algorithm, the value of a link published on a highly ranked blog is more important than a posted link on a blog with a lower ranking. This way, we hope to produce a ranking more representative of blogs' influence.

I wondered if you would be interested in a badge allowing you to display your ranking on your blog?



My response:

'Badges?   We don't need no stinkin' badges!'

(sorry, I couldn't resist)

Yeah sure, I'd love one... who wouldn't?!


David Bogner
Efrat, Israel

"Laying the groundwork for an insanity defense since 1961"

Which is why this stinkin' badge is sitting over there on my sidebar.  Thanks to everyone for making this possible.

Wikio - Top Blogs

Of course, Mighty Girl is ranked 4449, Defective Yeti is 1491 and Dooce is 1494... so I'm guessing the Wikio folks haven't quite worked out all the bugs yet.  :-) 

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I have three questions regarding this post:

1. Who is number one?
2. Can you use that word in a sentence?
3. What is the hebrew translation?

Now there's stuff to contemplate!

Posted by: Baila | Apr 17, 2008 7:41:32 AM

Baila, I went to the site, clicked on "No 1" and "page not available" was the response. It was a technical blog too!

Congratulations on being no 850 David, I'm guessing that nos 1-849 are pretty average, if their pages are available. You are still no 1 in my book.

Posted by: Noa | Apr 17, 2008 8:14:35 AM

Apparently number one is a blog called "TechCrunch".

Very. very. dull.

Posted by: Baila | Apr 17, 2008 8:21:05 AM

Classic movie. I can't believe it came out more than 30 years ago.

Posted by: Benji | Apr 17, 2008 9:17:51 AM

Instead of being a marauding marsupial you're a big wiki. Somewhere, some researcher is going to come up with a cure for it, so hang in there big guy.

Posted by: Jack | Apr 17, 2008 11:38:00 AM

The listed me as 884 :-)

Chag Kasher vSameach!

Posted by: Jameel @ The Muqata | Apr 17, 2008 11:58:02 AM

I'm surprised you don't do more advertising. From what I understand, advertisers, moving away from print ads, are focusing on websites such as yours. And judging from The Yeshiva World News, there are hordes of them out there.

Posted by: Barzilai | Apr 17, 2008 3:57:22 PM

What's also nice about Wikio is that you can customize it as a news aggregator.

Posted by: soccerdad | Apr 17, 2008 9:01:36 PM

That aggregator most certainly hasn't worked out the bugs yet - I'm not even listed!

Quelle chutzpah!

I ask you, what other blog with marginally Judaic content even has recipes for zebra?

Posted by: The Back of the Hill | Apr 18, 2008 12:42:54 AM

Badges? Hus du gezen in deine leiben? Loz em gayn!
Chag kasher v'sameach!

Posted by: Alan T | Apr 18, 2008 1:14:23 AM

Let's hear it for Blazing Saddles.

Posted by: Jack | Apr 18, 2008 6:49:59 AM

So tell me, Tex Ma'am, are you in show business? Then why don't you get your FEET OFF THE STAGE?!

An "aggregator"? I don't know about you, but aggregation is the last thing I need.

Shabbat shalom v'chag sameach.

Posted by: Shimshonit | Apr 18, 2008 3:47:33 PM

Go you! :)

Enjoy the matzah.

Posted by: Gila | Apr 21, 2008 10:57:05 PM

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