Have You Checked Out Alltop Yet?

Matthew Campbell, March 31st

So, I was very happy today to see that Alltop is now listing this blog on their website.

This is another one of those sites that indexes relevant concept – here is what they do in their own words:

The purpose of Alltop is to help you answer the question, “What’s happening?” in “all the topics” that interest you. You may wonder how Alltop is different from a search engine. A search engine is good to answer a question like, “How many people live in China?” However, it has a much harder time answering the question, “What’s happening in China?” That’s the kind of question that we answer.

We do this by collecting the headlines of the latest stories from the best sites and blogs that cover a topic. We group these collections — “aggregations” — into individual web pages. Then we display the five most recent headlines of the information sources as well as their first paragraph. Our topics run from adoption to zoology with photography, food, science, religion, celebrities, fashion, gaming, sports, politics, automobiles, Macintosh, and hundreds of other subjects along the way.

Of particular interest to aspiring iPhone developers is their collection of iPhone websites. The nice thing about them is that they seem to have some human editorial control which can be a welcome break from crawling on search engines looking for content.

Check them out and let me know what you think in the comments below!