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It has been a busy week and finally I am getting around to asking you the question which has been on my mind for a long time. Even though we launched Reporter’s Log (which is where we published a lot of good stuff from Widgets Live […]

It has been a busy week and finally I am getting around to asking you the question which has been on my mind for a long time. Even though we launched Reporter’s Log (which is where we published a lot of good stuff from Widgets Live and Web 2.0 conference), we are still trying to figure out how many posts are too many on the site. The reason we ask this question is because the news flow has increased tremendously.

Three of us – me, Katie and Liz – all have a lot to say on a daily basis, but respecting your time, we decide to hold back. On the other hand, we feel we might not be doing our job. If you have a few minutes to give us your feedback, and what areas of coverage should we add/drop from GigaOM. It would help us shape the site to best serve our community of readers.

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  1. I would say it’s not the number the matters, it’s the content. I aggregate your feed along with a few other similar feeds (at the url below) so I tend to get much more then 9 new articles a day in this box, the number doesn’t bother me.

    If you are trying to find 9 articles just because you promised people 9 articles, then I would prefer 5. However, if there are 9 excellent stories out there that you feel we need to know about, then I prefer 9. So I would say don’t get too caught up with number, it’s the content that matters. And you’re doing a great job.

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  2. Thanks Shadilac,

    I am trying to figure out if there is a number which is too much. Assuming we are doing good stuff ;-) still don’t want to overwhelm people. thanks for your feedback.

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  3. fully agree with shadilac, content matters!
    Probably the only suggestion about numbers: on hot-topics (e.g. google-youtube) probably collect few post in one (if content make sense)… but just an idea, don’t know if really make sense. In In any case Great job!

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  4. I have to say that the numbers really doesn’t matter as long as the topics are generally compelling and content is greatly written. I mean I read a lot of magazines and articles daily and the part that differentiates GigaOm is the style of the writers stories. You guy’s aren’t just relating news but throwing the readers into it by asking questions and feedback (boy do I love the rhetoric ones).

    If more content is being welcomed, just keep the writing entertaining, and you’ll have no worries at all. All of you are doing a wonderful job.

    CyKiller

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  5. To many per day, and its simple, I unsubscribe.

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  6. None of the choices in your poll work for me. Whatever you’ve been doing has been fine (is that 5 a day?)

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  7. Guys, thanks for your excellent feedback. We continue to make best efforts to get the best stuff to you. But this is an important exercise, because we want to know if we are actually meeting the needs of the community.

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  8. I agree with the comments above.

    Don’t be afraid to post as many relevant topics as you can Om. I aggregate around 15 blogs. GigaOm is one of 2 that I actually go outside of my Google Reader to visit the home page. The reason is because you and the crew not only post nice topics you all offer very nice critical insight into those topics. Also, the comments on each post tend to be insightful as well.

    Keep it relevant and post away. (More on the mobile content biz would be nice)

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  9. It’s a great question and I’m glad you guys are sensitive to it. The Gawker/Weblogs Inc model of meeting and beating post quotas every day just doesn’t sit well with me. I realize it’s done for revenue reasons, but that doesn’t make it good for the user.

    The problem is that for users who hit GigaOm directly, it doesn’t matter how often you post. Could be 20 a day. But for subscribers, you’re right… you don’t want to “bother” people 20 times a day. The solution is probably some sort of hybrid where you publish all posts on the site but you offer two main feeds: regular and hyperactive. :)

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  10. I get everything through Google Reader, which allows me to scroll through it. The only one that bothers me with too many posts is Digg, where every time I look at the Reader there are 100+ items, and it’s daunting, so I may unsubscribe. It’s more important that you do different analysis from Tech Crunch, Tech Meme, Scoble, etc. I like to get a picture of what’s happening. Sometimes you all cover the same thing, however.

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