Techmeme brings back colleague... briefly

I was very happy to look at Techmeme this morning and see a BusinessWeek story by Steve Rosenbush. He’s a good friend and colleague who left last year and got a job at Institutional Investor. The story on Techmeme indicated to me that he was back. I was just about to walk over to his desk, pound him on the back and ask him out to lunch.

Turns out, though, Techmeme’s algorithm dredged up two-year-old story. This means three things: 1) Rosenbush’s story, like much of the content kicking around on the Internet, benefits from the Long Tail; 2) Happily for human editors, their algorithmic rivals, for all their speed and scale, can screw up. Time and economics, though, are on the side of the algorithms.

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