We heard of the beta launch of TrafficJam this morning. We checked it out, and found the service to be delightful. We had ourselves soft launched blogsJam last week. These 2 services have some similarities, they both organize blog posts by topic/channel, and they are both web based blog readers. But there are also some differences between the two, so I thought I'd list them out in this post :
1. TrafficJam uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the popularity of blog posts ( based on clicks, time spend, etc. ), this is used to rank posts within a category. blogsJam has editorially selected the top blogs ( & bloggers ) and categorized their blogs into channels like 'Green Energy', 'India Technology', 'BollyWood' etc. Within a channel/category, the posts are ranked chronologically, with most recent first.
2. TrafficJam uses data from the BlogRush network, I think this implies that a blog needs to install the BlogRush widget, for its post to show up on TrafficJam. blogsJam has no such requirement, an editorial decision is made to whether a blog should be included in a given channel/category a priori.
3. TrafficJam's algorithm relies on feedback paths and needs a certain amount of aging. blogsJam pulls up blog posts in real-time, there's no delay in a blog being posted, and it appearing on blogsJam.
4. TrafficJam has build a product for a global audience, they cover a large number of blogs and aid in the discovery of good quality posts. blogsJam's intended audience is primarily comprised of Indian users, and the value proposition is the ability to read good quality blog posts fast, where the bloggers have been editorially pre-qualified.
These are just a few things I've noticed, needless to say, there might be others. I would like to congratulate TrafficJam on a delightful and very-cool looking product. I hope both these services contribute in their own unique ways to the ever-growing blogosphere ecosystem.
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