Balkanise our aggregators
Tom Coates wants to balkanise Blogdex:
The last couple of days have seen a Daypop and Blogdex Top 40 that are totally overwhelmed by political articles from the States. If it wasn't for the fact that many of these articles are concerned with the war in Iraq, you could be excused for thinking that nothing else was happening in the world at at all - even perhaps that there was no world outside the US.
The problem lies in the reliance of webloggers on those tools:
Blogdex, Daypop, Popdex, Technorati and the like are no longer simple reflectors of a community's activities - they are also one of our community's best mechanisms for news discovery. To some extent they're gradually becoming one of the most significant ways we find out what's going on in the world around us.
This tends to form an action-reaction system which has a tendency to form closed loops (it would be interesting to measure the amplification power of A-list webloggers, see how many echos of a story they can generate and how long they last).
I love Tom's idea to balkanise those tools. I'd love to be able to apply filters on all those "top-stories" aggregators and immediately filter a language, a country or a region in or out of the picture. What's hot among US webloggers? What's up in the EU? Compare things as viewed exclusively by US sites vs. the rest of us (you name it), would be a very valuable tool to better understand the world or, at least, each other.