• Quantcast Adds Mobile App Data, Promises A Truly Cross-Platform View In Its Analytics Service

    Quantcast Adds Mobile App Data, Promises A Truly Cross-Platform View In Its Analytics Service

    Advertising and measurement company Quantcast is launching a new service today called Measure for Mobile Apps. As the name implies, it collects data on the usage of a publisher’s iOS and Android apps. The service is available for free, and it offers information on app traffic, how that traffic breaks down by device, how it breaks down by app version, and return usage. (Quantcast notes… Read More

  • Community Site Topix Sees 40 Percent Year-Over-Year Traffic Growth As Political Focus Pays Off

    Community Site Topix Sees 40 Percent Year-Over-Year Traffic Growth As Political Focus Pays Off

    Topix, a site for locally-focused online discussion that first launched in 2004, has seen significant traffic growth in the past year. According to CEO Chris Tolles, that’s because of the big bet that the site made on political coverage and discussion. Traffic grew 40 percent between December 2011 and December 2012, the company says, and there were 12.4 million unique visitors in January. Read More

  • Visa Issues Scuttle Topix’s Acquisition Of Taploid, Gossip App Will Now Shut Down Amid Funding Crunch

    Visa Issues Scuttle Topix’s Acquisition Of Taploid, Gossip App Will Now Shut Down Amid Funding Crunch

    It’s a tough day for The Taploid and its plucky founder Redg Snodgrass. H1-B visa issues for the startup’s UK team soured a buyout by city forum site Topix, and investors have pulled out forcing the tabloid app to shut down and the team to scatter into consulting jobs. It’s a sobering moment that illustrates why the U.S. needs to fix its startup visa situation, and that… Read More

  • Would You Like A Slashtag With That? Blekko Begins Powering Topix Search

    Topix, the largely under-the-radar platform for local news, information, and influence, has been aggregating local news and community discussions for nearly 7 years. Over this time, the platform has quietly grown to over 13 million monthly visitors, according to Quantcast. It’s now aggregating local content from more than 50K sources and offers more than 360K edited news pages. Topix… Read More

  • When Attorneys General Attack

    Earlier this year Topix CEO Chris Tolles got the call no one wants to get – that they were under investigation by a government entity. Two attorneys general, one of which was deep into his senate run, were leveling accusations of abuse at Topix. The company eventually settled with thirty three AGs, plus two U.S. territories. We asked Chris to tell us about his experience dealing with… Read More

  • Topix Agrees To Drop "Priority Fees" For Reviewing Inappropriate Content

    The state Attorneys General are busy today. In addition to the Washington AG hitting up Intelius with a fine and injunction for its years-long post transaction marketing scams, the Attorneys General from thirty three states, plus the AG Guam and the AG of the Northern Mariana Islands (wherever that is) have entered into an agreement with Topix to stop their $20 fee for expedited review of… Read More

  • With 100 Million Comments, Topix Has Quietly Become The Local Watering Hole

    I’m from a relatively small city in Ohio called Pepper Pike. If I want to find out news about it, the easiest thing for me to do is Google “Pepper Pike News.” The number one result is quite useful: Topix. In fact, Topix is the number one result for a ton of small towns across the country. That’s what happens when you’ve been aggregating local news for six years. Read More

  • Topix Nabs 6 Content Partners To Become Local Info Hub

    Topix, the local news community that allows readers to submit and edit stories, has secured deals with six content providers as it moves to establish itself as a one-stop-shop for local information. Topix will now use Eventful as an events database, and will offer current TV and movie listings through Zap2It. InfoUSA will supply business directories, and the site will begin using LiveDeal for… Read More

  • Look Out Topix – Google Launches Localized News Service

    Topix has made a name by aggregating tens of thousands of local news sources and aggregating them online (they also like citizen journalists). It was only a matter of time before Google expanded their news product to compete more directly with Topix. That time has come – today Google added an option for customized local news to its Google News service. The localization option is now… Read More

  • Topix CEO Steps Down; VP Chris Tolles Takes Spot

    This is a quick post because I’m getting on a plane to Europe, but fast-growing news site Topix has a new CEO. Rich Skrenta has stepped down, and VP Marketing Chris Tolles has taken his position. See Tolles’ blog post on this here, and everyone’s bios here. The official explanation is below. The real explanation will come out soon, I’m sure: Even though we were… Read More

  • Topix Aims For Citizen Journalists

    News site will relaunch this evening under their newly acquired domain name They are also launching a new product that will allow readers to write and edit local news articles directly. The news was first written about by USA Today this afternoon. Topix is partly funded by USA Today’s parent company, Gannett, McClatchy and Tribune. Topix already has local news pages… Read More

  • Topix Raises $15m More for Local News Search

    News search engine has announced that has taken $15 million in additional funding from three large media companies, Tribune, Gannett and McClatchy. The company raised a round about 18 months ago for an undisclosed sum that was only said to be under $5 million. That funding came from Tribune, Gannet and Knight-Ridder, who have since been acquired by McClatchy. Topix brings a long list… Read More

  • finally usable after relaunch, possibly the most feature rich news search engine online already, has relaunched and looks very cool. The Topix index of 50,000 news sources is 10 times larger than the Google News index and 7 times as large as Yahoo! News. Topix really focuses on local search. Today’s relaunch makes the search results on Topix much easier to use than they have been before. Founded in 2002… Read More

  • Topix Does What Yahoo Wouldn't added 15,000 top blogs into its news engine today. Unlike Yahoo, which took the step of integrating blog search results into the news area but pushed them off to the side, Topix has integrated blog posts into results in the same manner as their other 12,000 news feeds. The Topix blog post announcing the addition gives great information on how they chose the 15,000 feeds, and how… Read More