When it comes to blog aggregation in South Africa the first service on the scene was Afrigator which was then closely followed by Amatomu. Competition in this space is good with both Afrigator and Amatomu pushing the boundaries by trying to be first or the best with a particular feature. I really enjoyed the Amatomu stats and traffic it sent this way when it was still part of Mail & Guardian. The Afrigator leader-board was really cool as you could compare your blog with the rest of Africa.
Amatomu then was down more than it was up which lead me to remove the tracking code from here because it kept slowing down the loading time of this site. Little birdies have told me that Amatomu will be back in full swing as the team at Creative Spark Interactive (the folks behind memeburn) are ensuring the service is fully functional again. Hey, Creative Spark, how about integrating Amatomu’s latest posts into memeburn somehow?
There is now a new Kid on the
block blog named MySoop which calls itself “South Africa’s Real-Time Blog Aggregator and Blogging Community”
As I’ve never used MyScoop before, until today, I’d really appreciate any feedback on the MyScoop service. How fast does it fetch your latest posts compared to Amatomu & Afrigator? Does it provide any link love or quality traffic back to your blog once your given it your RSS feed? Does it ever slow down your site like some of the others do/did? Basically your thoughts on the service.
Look forward to your comments.