Tweetmeme is a new service for tracking the movement of memes through the tweetosphere.
Tweetmeme looks for new content and tracks who else is talking about it. It ranks the content based upon who and how much a particular item is being discussed. As anyone knows, the number of URLs which spread virally through Twitter each day must run into the millions, so tracking where that viral trail starts and gains momentum is going to be fascinating. It also categorizes the content into blogs / videos / images and audio. Sure there are other Twitter aggregators like Politweets (politics), TweeterBoard (conversation analytics) and many others. But Tweetmeme has a few other features including a ‘river’ of new content and RSS feeds for the river (or categorized feeds for blogs / videos / images / audio).
I’m excited about this service; I’ve become interested in the kind of writing that occurs on microblogging platforms like Twitter, but I haven’t been able to do much research on the subject because I haven’t been able to find a way to archive tweets for research. It seems like Tweetmeme will make that possible.