Sunday, March 16, 2008

Alltop Haters Abound, But I Still Like It


Guy Kawasaki recently launched a site called Alltop, an aggregator of the "Top sites" in various categories. For those unfamiliar with the site, think of it as Mahalo meets RSS feeds. I'm listed under the Social Media category.

There are haters abound, however they all have a reason to hate - they're not the target.

If you look at who's hating it's those who've readily adopted RSS readers. Essentially they are saying Alltop is a rip off:


Fred

March 11th, 2008 at 10:12 am

It’s a http://popurls.com ripp. That’s what it is.


Sure, it might be a concept that's been done before. However, the last time I looked there's more than one grocery store in your town, more than one search engine online and more than one car company. Competition isn't a bad thing. And in Guy's own words, his site is doing exactly what great brands do - polarize people.

So who would benefit from Alltop? Folks like my parents, who are a far better representation for tech adoption than those in the Valley, would actually use a site like this. Or my cousins. Or basically any of my friends who aren't in the dorkerati. I'm not the only one thinking this way, either.

Meanwhile, as a blogger who's listed on Alltop, I'll gladly take the traffic boost and exposure.

Welcome to the neighborhood, Alltop.


2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi David
Since we are listed to the right of you (right side of you) we thought we had to say something about your post.

Yes alltop may be a copy but its convenient and a traffic booster for us as well, so why not. Competition is a nice thing.
Salue WebUrs from http://ComMetrics.com

Denise said...

I see it as more of a mobile thing than a Web thing. Preselected lists of topically oriented feeds work great on a phone.