I have written several posts about data overload and how it paralyzes us. There is too much "noise" from too many sources. We have too many choices we can afford, and not enough time or brain power to make sense of them.
A new Internet tool has the potential to help filter the noise. Top 10 Sources uses "open ranking and sorting services that rely upon robust technical methodologies to determine importance and relevance of sites."
What does this mean? What is a robust technical methodology? Who determines what is important and relevant to you and me?
"...we publish a daily "Top 10" site of the best newsfeeds on the Internet. Each day, our team of editors picks a topic." They are hired "for their judgment, sensitivity, wit, and charm."
I have to put this on my list of Top 10 Hype Sites, but this type of thing could be an early precursor to something really useful.
As usual these days, most of the web chatter related to this service is about source attribution and ownership--very important issues. It is not about the value of the service to us. We will eventually get to that. (For example, Techcrunch blog from 1/22/06.)