It’s Gabe Rivera, Bitch! (Or the Importance of the Techmeme Circle Jerk)

Few things are as unimportant as a top 100 list.

I dig Gabe Rivera.

Him and I have been homies for a while.

He’s a quietly brilliant man who’s mind is always working. And the launch of his ‘Leaderboard’ is a good buzz producing (and revenue producing) exercise. But coming from the music business it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see what happens next.

There was a time when Billboard’s Top 100 was king. It was the barometer of what’s popular (supposedly) across the country. But today, by and large, it is irrelevant to most people in the music business.


What doomed Billboard was the fact that people gamed the system. I, a former low level music industry peon, can tell you, everyone cheats.

The same thing happened to Technorati. The chart ends up filled with crap because recognition becomes more important than actual accomplishment.

Actually Jason Calacanis, (of all people!), is right about the importance of this new Techmeme innovation. But he does, as usual, miss the real point.

People naturally want to know where they rank among their competitors. And what makes the Leaderboard cool is that it’s focus is the circle-jerk known as tech blogs.

But what tech people need to do is focus on making the same pleasurable experience for other people (before they do it themselves.)

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9 Comments on “It’s Gabe Rivera, Bitch! (Or the Importance of the Techmeme Circle Jerk)”

  1. C. Tracy Says:

    Man, that title is soooo funny!

  2. adam coles Says:

    Don’t really understand what you are saying. Do you like it? Do you hate it?
    The Britney Spears reference…ouch.

  3. Jake Says:

    Break the circle and join the buzz at! The blogs are free and you always get heard!


  4. That sweater Gabe is wearing is awful 🙂

    So true on this post and Gabe is a good guy. best of all is 80 percent o f the list is major media so the circle jerk has come full circle already.

    perez hilton dwarfs all the top 10 dorks on that list and no one on that list makes you money so they should be on the same list anyways.

  5. Gabe Says:

    Hey Char…Well, gaming the Leaderboard is the same as gaming Techmeme proper, which yields more visibility. So I’ll claim that things won’t get worse, they’ll remain the circle jerk (or…the wonderfully efficient meritocracy) we have now.

    Lindzon, yes, you’re right. I’ll try harder to look like this:

    😀 😀 😀

  6. […] Humorous commentary about Gabe Rivera, the creator of TechMeme, of course, seen from his own site, […]

  7. chartreuse Says:

    Gabe, I love Howard but the man is not exactly Armani. Be careful where you get your fashion advice from!

  8. range Says:

    Ugly sweatshirt, I’d have to agree.

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