Guy Kawasaki Formally Launches Alltop. Wow, It's Bad.

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Last year Guy Kawasaki launched Truemors on the cheap (he spent $13,000), which is at least pointing the right way on Compete.com. Today he follows up with a sequel, AllTop. It’s a…well, it’s a RSS reader I guess. We actually wrote about this a month ago, but now it’s formal (the Chris Shipley quote cracks me up).

The home page lists a number of categories. Each links to a page that pulls in blog feeds. Here’s Venture Capital, for example. Kawasaki calls it an “online magazine rack,” and adds that it is “a news aggregation site that provides “all the top” stories for forty of the most popular topics on the Web. The headlines and first paragraph of the five most recent stories from forty to eighty sources for each topic are displayed. Alltop stories are refreshed approximately every ten minutes.”

So I sort of passed on criticizing Truemors since Kawasaki said it was more of an experiment in showing how something can be built for next to nothing. But AllTop is just a big pile of nothing. Back in 2005 Fred Oliveira, for example, built this site in about 5 minutes, which is pretty darn comparable to one of the AllTop categories. I’m giving this a big thumbs down. Sorry, Guy. I still love ya.

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