69% of Web News is Google, Twitter, iPhone, Yahoo and Microsoft!

Is Google, Twitter, iPhone, Yahoo and Microsoft news the only hot topics in on the Web? If 69% of the most popular Web news sites is dedicated to those 5 giants, how will start ups ever be seen or heard? Are news resources being fair with new, creative start ups with original ideas and well-executed implementations?

Looking at OriginalSignal‘s page, I can’t help but wonder: How does well-reputed news resources fall into the trap of allowing their supposedly “high-quality” news content to be sometimes redundant and at other times even ridiculous or simply just not worth reading?

OriginalSignal News Highlighting the 5 Popular Keywords

OriginalSignal News Highlighting the 5 Popular Keywords in Headlines only

At this point, I asked Amer to do some geeky work for me and this is what he did: he put the headlines and abstracts from 9 of the top news sources of Web news: Mashable, TechCrunch, Read/WriteWeb, ProgrammableWeb, 37signals, CenterNetworks, eHub, O’Reilly Radar and Webware. The total articles compared was 188 articles. The following are the results and a visualization to make things clearer:

  1. Google” mentioned in 68 out of 188 articles (and more specifically “Google Wave” was mentioned in 11 out of 188 articles)
  2. Twitter” mentioned in 31 out of 188 articles
  3. iPhone” mentioned in 11 out of 188 articles
  4. Yahoo” mentioned in 10 out of 188 articles
  5. Microsoft” mentioned in 10 out of 188 articles
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