August 24, 2007

Make Topix a Top Pick at SXSW

by amy at 8:37 AM

We’re always looking for opportunities to tell more people about what we're doing here, and you can help, by voting to put Topix on the agenda for SXSW – South by Southwest, one of the best events around to interact with people about what’s going on in the online space.

In keeping with the interactive nature of SXSW, they've posted their Panel Picker, to get feedback from attendees for next year's line-up.

We participated at this year's festival, and here's a shortcut to the proposed Topix panel for 2008, "Secret's to Building Online Community."

Vote early, and vote often.

August 20, 2007

Enemy of the State

by tolles at 12:00 PM

According to, Topix has achieved a new noteriety - being officially and secretly blacklisted by the governement of Zimbabwe, as part of an act, signed into law called the Interception of Communications Act.

From their source:

"Hostile websites have been BLACKLISTED and accussed of deliberately peddling false information about the government of Zimbabwe. The government says these websites have a long history of falsifying information on the issues unfolding in Zimbabwe and attack individual Zanu PF members on baseless accusations,"

For those folks who are speaking freely on the Topix forums, be careful -- looks like the government of Zimbabwe is looking in on the conversation -- but be it also known that we'll continue to keep the forums up and running, and will not provide the government of Zimbabwe with any info from our site.

Good luck out there.

August 17, 2007

Topix Events Around the Bay

by amy at 9:49 AM

A few weeks ago, Topix CEO Chris Tolles participated on the New News panel at AlwaysOn. In case you missed it, the video is available online for your viewing pleasure.

And here's another interview from AlwaysOn, with Andy Plesser:

Last week, Chris also participated on a panel, with folks from Digg and Reddit/Wired, on "Social News Smarts" hosted by the Social Media Club at KQED in San Francisco. A second panel will take place next Thursday, August 23rd at Yahoo. If you're interested in attending, you can RSVP here.

Also next week, Topix will be exhibiting at SES in San Jose. Stop by booth #715 to say howdy.

August 2, 2007

Topix on myAOL and iPhone

by amy at 2:37 PM

iphone_screen.giflogo_myaol.gifToday, myAOL launched their local news module, powered by Topix.

You can type in your ZIP code and get news headlines for your town, and consistent with our mission to create discussions across the country, there are also links to comment on those stories. The Topix module can be found in the News, Tools, and Recently Added categories in the myAOL gallery.

We also just upgraded the mobile version of the site, to integrate with the sexy, new iPhone.