A new tool from the good people at Harvard's Nieman Journalism Lab can help you find the best links buried among the tweets
Having troubles keeping up with your Twitter stream? Feel like you wade through hundreds of tweets to find just a few linked pieces you want to read in their entirety? The folks at Harvard's Nieman Journalism Lab have just unveiled a new tool called Fuego that they hope will "provide the experience of being on Twitter all day without being on Twitter all day," says Nieman Lab director Joshua Benton -- at least for those who use Twitter to follow news about journalism.
Every hour Fuego trawls the future-of-journalism twitterverse and spits back the top 10 links people are tweeting. What goes into determining which links are in the top 10? There are three factors, explains Benton: how recently a link was first tweeted, how many times it's been tweeted in Fuego's patch of Twitter, and the authority of those who tweeted it.
Nieman staffers defined the "future-of-journalism" universe by identifying 10 people they thought had particularly carefully curated following lists (as distinct from followers). Benton estimates that produced a list of about 10,000 feeds and Fuego follows all of them. Some feeds are followed by more than one of the 10 people Nieman selected, and are therefore seen as more authoritative by Fuego's algorithm, with their links carrying greater weight.