Regator

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Regator
Regator.png
Web address regator.com
Slogan only the best blogs
Type of site
blog directory, blog search engine, semantic web
Registration optional
Available in English
Owner Regator, LLC
Created by Scott Lockhart
Chris Turner
Kimberly Turner
Launched August 2008
Alexa rank
positive decrease 27,299 (April 2014)[1]
Current status Active

Regator.com is a curated blog directory and search engine. Founded in 2007 by Scott Lockhart, Chris Turner, and Kimberly Turner and going live with Regator.com in August 2008, Regator LLC also produces Regator Breaking News and the Regator iPhone App for iOS. The API platform also allows for detailed trend tracking and analyzing text. The Breaking News app regularly breaks stories faster than news outlets such as CNN, FoxNews.com, the Huffington Post, and Twitter trending topics.[2]

ReadWriteWeb named Regator one of the top 100 web products of 2009,[3] and Mashable awarded Regator.com third-place in the category of Social News in its 2008 Open Web Awards.[4] CNET named the free Regator iPhone app one of the top 10 iPhone apps of 2009.[5]

History[edit]

Regator was founded in 2007 by Scott Lockhart, Chris Turner, and Kimberly Turner. It publicly launched in August 2008, and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.[6]

Lockhart is a former technology executive and consultant on building online businesses for large companies. He worked for various large real estate companies, Wells Fargo, and was a co-founder of the hardware company HardwareOne, which is based in Sydney, Australia.[6] Chris Turner is a programmer with experience in web, mobile, and video game development. He graduated with a BFA in Studio Art from Truman State University, and has been active in the independent video game community.[6]

Kimberly Turner is a magazine editor and journalist,[7] with pieces appearing in American and Australian magazines such as Atlanta, Business to Business, Outdoor, Massive, ADB, and Roost, among others. She earned a Masters degree in Applied Linguistics from the University of New South Wales,[6] and is a regular contributor to ProBlogger.net.[8]

Recognition[edit]

Regator.com was named by ReadWriteWeb as one of the top 100 web products of 2009,[3] one of the top tools for tracking topics on the web,[9] and received an honorable mention for top RSS & syndication technologies of 2009.[10] Mashable awarded Regator.com third-place in the category of Social News in its 2008 Open Web Awards.[4]

CNET named the free Regator iPhone app one of the top 10 iPhone apps of 2009,[5] and Marshall Kirkpatrick of ReadWriteWeb put it among his top 5 iPhone apps of 2009.[11] Regator for iPhone also received an honorable mention (along with apps from NPR, New York Times, USA Today, and the Washington Post) in the news category of the 2010 Best App Ever awards.[12]

Technology[edit]

Regator.com[edit]

Regator serves as an interactive blog directory, and all blogs are curated by human editors for quality. About 18% of blogs that are nominated for inclusion on the site are approved.[13][7] The included blogs generate tens of thousands of new posts daily. Regator also has an archive of curated content going back to 2007. Blogs that are un-updated for a long period of time without an explanation are removed from Regator.com.[7]

The site allows readers to add non-Regator blogs to view on their personalized My Regator page, though these blogs are not shared with the Regator community.[14][15]

Regator also has free widgets so bloggers can display Regator trends, searches, or posts on their website.[16]

Regator Platform[edit]

Regator's semantic API uses proprietary algorithms to produce metadata such as past and present trends. The API provides time-sensitive results so users can see what topics or terms are most closely related to a search term in the past or present.[16] The Regator can also tag, categorize, and provide data about any block of text, and has tools for creating graphs of historical coverage, social media monitoring, etc.

Regator Breaking News[edit]

In June 2011, Regator launched Regator Breaking News, a subscription service for journalists and bloggers that provides breaking stories in real-time.[2] Regator Breaking News is an Adobe Air app that works with Mac, Linux, and Windows.[17] According to Turner, the app uses algorithms to analyze social media (chiefly the curated Regator blogs)[13] and identify and separate breaking stories from normal internet activity.[2] According to Mashable, in trials the app delivered a breaking story faster than CNN by 29 minutes, FoxNews.com by eight minutes, the Huffington Post email alert by 57 minutes, and Twitter trending topics by 11 minutes.[2]

Regator for iPhone[edit]

The Regator iPhone apps (Lite and Premium) allow for reading, searching, and sharing blog content via iOS. They also include real-time and historical trend tracking, sharing mechanisms, monitoring tools, and others.[18][19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Regator.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  2. ^ a b c d Kessler, Sarah (June 16, 2011). "How Regator Uses Social Media to Beat CNN at Breaking News". Mashable. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  3. ^ a b "Top 100 Web Products of 2009". ReadWriteWeb. 2009. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  4. ^ a b "2008 Open Web Awards: Final Voting Round". Mashable. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  5. ^ a b Broida, Rick (December 14, 2009). "My 10 favorite iPhone apps of 2009". CNET. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  6. ^ a b c d "About Us". Regator. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  7. ^ a b c Gumbrecht, Jamie (January 29, 2009). "Decatur start up aims to find the best blogs". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  8. ^ "Archives: Kimberly Turner". ProBlogger. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  9. ^ MacManus, Richard (January 24, 2010). "Top Topic Trackers". ReadWriteWeb. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  10. ^ "Top 10 RSS and Syndication Technologies of 2009". ReadWriteWeb. 2009. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  11. ^ MacManus, Richard (November 27, 2009). "Your Favorite Mobile Apps of 2009". ReadWriteWeb. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  12. ^ "2010 Best App Ever Awards: Winners". Best App Ever. 2010. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  13. ^ a b Zaino, Jennifer (June 20, 2011). "In Blogging Space, Spoils Go To Early Posters". SemanticWeb.com. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  14. ^ Riley, Duncan (July 30, 2008). "Regator now supports OPML, personal feeds + extra invites". Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  15. ^ Ha, Peter (August 7, 2008). "Regator, The Social Blog Aggregator, Launches to the Public". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  16. ^ a b "Regator Platform". Regator. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  17. ^ "Regator Breaking News: Less Time Wasted, More Time Writing". Regator. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  18. ^ "Regator for iPhone". Regator. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  19. ^ Broida, Rick (August 24, 2009). "Find the Web's Best Blog Posts at Regator". PC World. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 

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