Weblogs: there’s been a few attempts to mine ‘trend’ data from del.icio.us:
- trendalicious, a ‘near real-time view of website popularity trends as reflected by the del.icio.us social bookmarking service’
- grafolicious, which is similar
- hublog: gatherers of the month lists the ‘trendsetters’ who link to popular sites first
However, none consider how many links a user generates. A user who links to every single page on the web would quickly gain a good ‘trendsetting’ rating, and would also skew the website trends upwards, without actually providing useful data to others.
A look at the hublog top posters does seem to indicate they’re linking prolifically to any old crap that looks likely to be popular, which is a more humanly-possible way to do that. ;)
There’s also the venerable Hot Links, which unfortunately tracks a very small population, but still gets interesting stuff.