Yesterday I was contacted by one of the chaps behind Wikio, which aims to be a central point for news and blogs. This is the rough summary as it was told to me.
Wikio has just launched in the UK; it is Europe's number 1 news portal, providing the most comprehensive news searches on the Internet.
Wikio's search engine scours not only traditional news sources, but blogs too: a Wikio search returns all the relevant articles, blog posts, videos and mp3s on a story from tens of thousands of news sites and the collection of over 13,000 blogs indexed thus far.
We shall see how it does amongst all of the other aggregators out there. After all, Politics Home should be launching soon. Well, soonish. Well probably sometime in the next decade anyway.
Naturally, although there are a number of well-known blogs missing and I have no idea of how Wikio's team are measuring such things, but I am very happy to see The Kitchen at number 2 in the "Most Influential Political Blogs" charts. No doubt I shall be supplanted soon, but just allow me this little moment of joy, OK?
UPDATE: how the rankings are calculated.
The position of a blog in the Wikio ranking depends on the number and weight of the incoming links from other blogs. These links are dynamic, which means that they are backlinks or links found within articles.
Blogrolls are not taken into account and Wikio only counts links from the last 120 days. We thus hope to provide a classification more representative of trends in the blogosphere.
Moreover, the weight of a link depends on the linking blog’s position in the Wikio ranking. With our algorithm, the weight of a link from a top blog is greater than that of a link from a blog that is less well ranked.
This will be interesting: the omission of blogrolls will make it particularly so...