Alltop Aggregates Influential Voices Across the Web

I was alerted earlier by good friend Todd Defren, that I have been included in the Alltop index of top sites on the Web.

Wow, thank you! I don’t know what to say. It’s a pretty incredible group of voices and I’m more than flattered to be included.

So, allow me to officially introduce Guy Kawasaki‘s latest startup, Alltop.

Guy at last year’s Gnomedex

Like POPURLs, Alltop aggregates stories from “all the top” sites on the Web. They’ve grouped these collection into individual Alltop sites based on topics such as celebrity gossip, fashion, gaming, sports, politics, automobiles, and tech. At each Alltop site, the latest five stories are displayed from thirty or more sites on a single page, sort of like a custom-built RSS-feed page built on Netvibes.

Basically, the Alltop site is a “dashboard” or “table of contents” for your favorite topics as voiced by those who are most actively discussing them.

According to the site, “The bottom line is that we are trying to enhance your online reading by both displaying stories from the sites that you’re already visiting and unveiling stories from sites that you didn’t know existed.”

At the very least, it introduces people to the ability to stay connected to storytellers and newsmakers without having to know a thing about RSS. It’s a good first step that will familiarize them with the ability to aggregate content and later jump to, say Netvibes, to recreate a central hub that allows them to define and stay connected to their own personal “a-list.”

Other voices include:

Fake Steve Jobs, Robert Scoble, Dave Winer, Guy Kawasaki, Seth Godin, Jeremiah Owyang, Teresa Valdez Klein, Jason Calacanis, Michael Arrington, Charlene Li, Tara Hunt, Doc Searls, Fred Wilson, Chris Brogan, Tim O’Reilly, Jason Kottke, John Gruber, Ze Frank, Chris Anderson, Marc Andreessen, Chris Messina, James Hong, Shel Israel, Jonathan Schwartz, Mark Cuban, Tom Peters, Marc Canter, Brian Oberkirch, Paul Kedrosky, Evan Williams, David Armano, Walt Mossberg, David Weinberger, and Nick Denton.

Alltop acknowledgments:

Deirdre Breakenridge, David Curlee, Pete Dawson, Kristen Forbriger, Bill Green, Francine Hardaway, Cone Johnson, Tom Kirkendall, Andrew Korf, Lani Anglin-Rosales, Tiara S., Nick Taylor, Andy Valadez.

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  • Drue Kataoka

    Congrats Brian
    Guy chooses wisely—this is well deserved.

    Yesterday I had a great time interviewing Guy about Alltop. He shared his thoughts, goals, concerns about this deceptively simple site.

    An exclusive video of Guy’s Alltop interview for ValleyZen is here:

  • Deirdre

    Brian, you deserve to be on Alltop. I appreciate your work and viewpoints. You and Jeremiah were my top picks when Guy asked me about my favorite Big Blog Personalities. I know that there are many A-List influencers who are deserving. I just think you have this natural ability to keep it honest and real and it doesn’t go unnoticed.


Brian Solis is a digital analyst, anthropologist, and also a futurist. In his work at Altimeter Group, Solis studies the effects of disruptive technology on business and society. He is an avid keynote speaker and award-winning author who is globally recognized as one of the most prominent thought leaders in digital transformation.

His most recent book, What's the Future of Business: Changing the Way Businesses Create Experiences (WTF), explores the landscape of connected consumerism and how business and customer relationships unfold in four distinct moments of truth. His previous book, The End of Business as Usual, explores the emergence of Generation-C, a new generation of customers and employees and how businesses must adapt to reach them. In 2009, Solis released Engage, which is regarded as the industry reference guide for businesses to market, sell and service in the social web.

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