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ClipEgg Social Media Aggregator - FAIL

Posted on 3.10.2008
We've seen a few of these before. ClipEgg is a social media aggregator, claiming “Clipegg aggregates links to popular media published on social media sites. You can quickly read the most popular news, watch the coolest videos and view the hippest images.”

Good idea, like all the others, but there are three major flaws that will ensure this site never makes it out in the wild.
  1. Timeliness: In the news category, the most recent item is two hours old. Videos start at about one hour ago. By the time you reach the bottom of the page (the 15th result) the clip is 12 hours old. Images start at four hours old and the bottom of the page images are over 24 hours old. This may all sound petty, but in an environment like social media, changes take place rapidly - updates need to keep pace.
  2. Lack of sources: News items all come from Google News or Digg. Video is entirely from YouTube or Digg. Images are all from Digg. Is this truly a representation of the most popular items across the social media sphere?
  3. Clicks take you away: Plain and simple - click on the item you're interested in and you go to the hosting site. Wouldn't it be easier to start with those sites instead of a third party? Apparently, I only need to visit Digg, Google and YouTube to find everything (and more) that's found on ClipEgg.
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