Megite, the news aggregator highlighted recently for its personal aggregator improvements, has added a feature to help point out popular videos with Megite Video. According to a post on the Megite blog Megite Video:
"...crawls hundreds of thousands of blogs for links to video on more than 20 video sharing services such as YouTube, Google Video, MySpace, Daily Motion, Metacafe, Ifilm, Vimeo, Break, Revver, Grouper, Bolt, Yoqoo, 6Rooms, and more."
Megite Video ranks and displays videos based on popularity by taking the following factors into account:
- The importance of a blog
- The popularity of a blog
- The number of blogs that are discussing a video
Megite founder, Matthew Chen, explained over email that he hopes to eventually be able to leverage user metrics such as click through data as a passive input into the Megite Video ranking system. Additionally, Megite is investigating active inputs in the form of voting for popular videos but is aware that spam prevention will have to be part of an effective implementation.
TailRank, a product highlighted previously on Somewhat Frank, rolled out video tracking components via the TailRank Video channel to present popular video contents of the web. Similar to Megite, TailRank 2.1 uses links as a key component to video popularity.
Bottom-line: Megite and TailRank both offer great products for a quick view of the most popular online videos based primarily on linking. I hope both these products continue to evolve and improve their respective video popularity algorithms.