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This article was published on October 4, 2008

Three Twitter mash-ups that challenge Digg

Three Twitter mash-ups that challenge Digg
Ernst-Jan Pfauth
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Ernst-Jan Pfauth

Ernst-Jan Pfauth is the former Editor in Chief of Internet at NRC Handelsblad, as well as an acclaimed technology author and columnist. He a Ernst-Jan Pfauth is the former Editor in Chief of Internet at NRC Handelsblad, as well as an acclaimed technology author and columnist. He also served as The Next Web’s blog’s first blogger and Editor in Chief, back in 2008. At De Correspondent, Ernst-Jan serves as publisher, fostering the expansion of the platform.

Think about it, doesn’t it make more sense to share interesting links on Twitter instead of Digg? They don’t get lost in the clutter and all your friends and acquaintances get to see them right a way. When browsing around on a few Twitter streams, you can immediately tell that most people realize this. It’s one big treasure chamber full of interesting links.

Unfortunately, the whole Twitter chatter is too scattered around to find out which links are popular – and there noteworthy -, this is where Digg wins. At least, Digg did until recently, since more and more mash-ups try to track all the shared links on Twitter. Check out these mash-ups:

Social Tops

David Petherick tipped me about this brand new service (they don’t even have a decent about page yet). Social Tops already offers a good overview of popular links by tracking all the tweets that are posted real time. You can see which links are popular today, last week, last month, or all time. And yes, there’s an upcoming page like well, so you won’t miss the Digg experience too much. You can vote up links by, you got that right, tweeting about them.

Most popular links on Social Tops concern Palin and those other candidates, TechCrunch posts, and the Daily Kos. On all of these mash-ups actually.


This mash-up is less user-friendly, but it shows perfectly what’s buzzing around the web. I don’t even know why I’m sharing it here, since it delivered me some interesting stories before any of the European tech bloggers discovered it. Twitturls has a nice punk-like vibe surrounding it, although that doesn’t translate to your feed reader – which is, in the end, the right place for this mash-up’s content.


Twitturly brings more of the Twitter feeling with it, as the mash-up also shows the latest tweets containing the popular links. That makes the popular links less abstract (meaning more context) and more personal.

Twitturly also the brightest and best lay-out of the three mash-ups: it’s clean and accessible. But the feature that makes this a last best kind of thing, is the language filter. Whether you’re based in France, Holland, or Germany, you can request the most popular Twitter links from your country without any hassle.

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