Britt Blaser wonders "Could someone ask them to light up katrina.memeorandum?" I approached Gabe about doing just that nearly two weeks ago. We went back and forth about the idea; his chief concern was whether a hurried effort would add enough to the conversation about Katrina. (via Scripting News) It took Gabe months to get tech.meme to beta and then live; it may all be automated but getting it that way required an intense amount of work on his part. Ideally -- from my perspective -- he'd be able to set up something in response to breaking news but it might require a different approach to sourcing. Now that tech.mem is live maybe the idea of a dedicated Katrina page can be revisited.
One other point: As good as tech.meme and its predecessor are, they aren't exhaustive. In order to be included in the conversation, the site either must be part of the primary list or, I believe, linked to by someone in that universe.
Gabe, if I'm off target, I feel confidant that you will set me straight.
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