Mash-up in the online gossip market
Gawker's Stalker Map is the latest in a series of new sites/features launched targeting the online gossip marketplace. At iWon.com, it was one of the most popular areas of the portal, and I'm not surprised to see it (finally) gaining momentum.
Quoted from Scotsman.com: Popular gossip site Gawker.com's "stalker map" uses the Google map service to plot the location of the famous face as soon as possible after the tip comes in. Article: Gawker 'stalker map' tracks celebs
WeSmirch: Automatic Dirt Digger
Another new player is WeSmirch which "distills the lastest buzz from popular gossip blogs and news sites every five minutes.
All articles are selected via computer algorithm, vividly demonstrating that computers have a very long way to go before actually accomplishing truly intelligent work."
Finally, Vallywag shows no signs of slowing down. Targeted at the tech crowd (specifically in Silicon Valley), "Valleywag is a tech gossip rag. You people in Silicon Valley are far too busy changing the world to care about sex, greed and hypocrisy. But if you ever need a break, come visit us at Valleywag."
Thursday, March 16, 2006