The problem I have with sites like ReadWriteWeb, Lifehacker, and TechCrunch is that they’ve increased the post volume to a level that I can’t process. Hundreds of full 300 word articles every day is just too much. I used to turn to them to keep up on the various technology industries, but now I have to rely on filters like TechMeme and Reddit.
I still haven’t decided whether this is actually a problem. It feels like one. It seems weird to rely on an aggregator’s semiautomatic summary and not the sites themselves. What happens if any of the aggregators finds itself taken over by voting mobs like Digg was? You would only see the stories a special interest wanted you to see.