Niagarank, and the most tweeted news of the moment




What are the most discussed topics of the week?  What about the latest and more shared  news? And who are the most relevant and influential users on the web?
The answers to these questions can be found on Niagarank, a new website launched on January, 7th by Codesyntax, a little web development Basque company.

Last week, during the Enrique Dans‘ class, Luistxo Fernandez , at the helm of Niagarank, introduced us the project showing its main features.

So, What is Niagarank? The name already suggests something: “Niagara – rank” is a ranking within a continuous cascade of news and information. “An automated service that aggregates news“, as defined by its creators. Yes, but how? Everything is focused on Twitter and news daily shared on this social network. What Niagarank does is follow several thousands twitter accounts, about 5,000 among the most relevant users for each of the 41 thematic in which news are classified. From these users, the system analyzes the tweeting links (URL) and the conversations that they generate. At the end, it ranks both users and news items that those users tweet, and through an algorithm it selects and publishes those most interesting. The result? Thousand of tweets are reduced to 45 articles published on the website with the link to the source and the first tweet that shared it.

The key word is curation: mass-curation, on the model of Meneame, Digg and Reddit, and the entourage one, inspired by and Flipboard. Niagarank is their balance mix: “it is mass curation, but involuntary, and overcomes the problem of entourage curation,” Luistxo Fernandez said us.

The goal of the Codesyntax’s team is to make of Niagarank a news destination, replacing journalists by editors and … robots! Well, this detail might not like to the circle of “traditional” journalists, already widely threatened by the digital world and the new online journalism. Nonetheless, we like it and we wait to see next developments of the new project that, as Mr. Fernandez anticipated, could reach out to Facebook and Google+, and pass Spain’s borders to reach new more countries.