What is SocialRank?

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Ari gave his two cents on SocialRank in a post on Web Standards Malaysia, so I thought I’d share some of my own thoughts on it, too.

SocialRank is a ‘blog discovery engine’ that is a powered by a mathematical algorithm that measures the ‘importance’ of blog posts.

It monitors millions of blog posts and figures out which ones have the top stories based on “measuring what stories users link to, talk about and pay attention to.”

This is what creators Mindvalley say separates SocialRank from engines like Digg and reddit is that there’s no voting involved in the selection process.

SocialRank also promises some interesting things for bloggers:

  • Individual blog posts can rise and drop in SocialRank over time. Your blog’s overall SocialRank score can rise or drop depending on how much attention the greater web pays to your blog.
  • Related bloggers quoting your blog post is a good thing.
  • Focus on writing good quality content and SocialRank will notice.
  • You do not have to be an A-list blogger to be featured by SocialRank. You just need to write great content in your specific niche area.

So, that’s the spiel.

What’s my verdict? Wait and see.

There are a lot of social bookmarking sites out there, and while it’s true that I don’t have time to visit all of them in the limited time that I have, I still don’t think that there is a one-stop solution for anything on the Web.

Even if it comes to looking for new blogs that are related to my interests.

I think SocialRank is great, but I don’t think it’ll stop me from using del.icio.us any time soon. It’s all about having the choice to use different tools because we all wear different hats whenever we feel like it, right?

Besides, there’s always Google’s ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’ button.

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6 responses to “What is SocialRank?

  1. Nora

    And then there’s also Sphere: http://www.sphere.com

  2. Suffian Rahman

    Hi Nora. Working late? =P

    Wow, I hadn’t heard about Sphere. Yet another social bookmarking site. These venture capitalists sure have a lot of money to throw around! But the widget looks kinda cool, though.

  3. goldenapples

    Like PageRank from Google what geared towards blogs. http://goldenapples.wordpress.com

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  5. Thanks for checking out http://www.SocialRank.com. Just to be clear, we have nothing to do with social bookmarking. Well, SocialRank does not. “We” do but then you would be talking about http://www.blinklist.com.

    Check out some of the discovery sites that we have launched on http://www.SocialRank.com. If you want to get today’s top stories from the blogosphere, that’s the place to get them.

  6. Suffian Rahman

    Hi Mike. Yes, I know that SocialRank has nothing to do with social bookmarking, but since there really isn’t anything like SocialRank out there right now, I had to ‘approximate’ it to a similar tool that people use to discover blogs.

    I love the idea that SocialRank is powered by an algorithm. I think it’s very clever to use something like that instead of relying on people voting, but do you think there is a way for it to be complemented, or ‘checked and balanced’ by human feedback?

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