URLfan Ranks Sites Using RSS Feeds
Posted on April 2, 2006URLfan is a new URL tracking tool that ranks URLs based on their popularity in RSS feeds. You can type in your URL to see how popular it is according to URLfan's compiled data. URLfan says it is currently reading over 285,000 feeds.
Looking at URLfan's Top 100, some the top ranked blogs are Boing Boing, Engadget.com, Michelle Malkin, TechCrunch, Scobleizer and DailyKos.://URLFAN is an evolving experiment designed to discover what websites the blogosphere is discussing all in real time. It does this by cultivating the content of thousands of RSS feeds and parsing billions of pieces of information.
Now every website owner can see who's talking about their site in real time and how they compare to every other site on the Internet. There are many sites designed to rank the "traffic" of a website, such as Alexa, however ://URLFAN is different. We rank sites according to their popularity in the fast moving and growing world of RSS feeds.
Unlike Alexa, there is no approximating in our ranking system since we're using concrete data to generate the results. And the longer we're able to gather data the more accurate the system will become. We hope this will provide publishers with a useful tool in tracking their sites and how their content is referenced by other websites.