ePlatform has developed an on demand platform for building Web applications platform, and its first example app is a set of meme trackers, similar to Gabe Rivera's popular sites, Techmeme, WeSmirch, memeorandum and Ballbug.
ePlatform launched Technology, Politics and Entertainment trackers, based on its RSS, Search and REST frameworks. ePlatform's trackers, in "alpha," include a Digg-like voting to order placement of articles inside a meme as well as custom memes for topics such as Facebook, Yahoo, venture capital and events.
"The meme engine we developed is based on directed graph theory with lot of variables to figure out relationships between articles and links," ePlatform CEO Ramana Kovi said.
The rankings and clustering of content are also based on inbound links. The ePlatform search engine employs keyword scoring based on article content to find related articles, according to Kovi. Then the related articles are scored based on vectors such as the authority of the blog, quality of the links and votes. The meme tracker also includes a page with the pipeline of articles in process, and the capability for sources to opt in or out of the system. Users can view the meme tracker results in earlier time slices, but in as much depth as Rivera's trackers.
On first look, ePlatform's Technology meme tracker is not as clean and easy to consume as Rivera's Techmeme, but the results are similar.
ePlatform is also launching a limited beta of its platform with services for consumers, small businesses and an integrated set of applications for large enterprises.
I asked Kovi for more information on ePlatform's three services. In and email he said, "Our business proposition quite different from most of the vendors in the market. We will bring web and desktop applications/services aimed at consumers, small businesses, enterprise and governmental organizations beginning Jan 2008. Just like corporate sourcing relationships brought value to the corporate bottom line. We like to bring value by building Eco-system of souring relationships via web applications between consumers-governments-enterprises-small business. We bring this about through single data model which is shared across boundaries of companies, consumers and governments. The data model will intersect all the suite spots of every Internet user irrespective of what they do or don't do for living. There are 100s of databases and services in ePlatform that talk to each other . Some services are just algorithms others may be services with user interface. Basically we are integrated set of applications/services from social networking to office to SCM and everything in between."
More to come as Kovi shares more of the specifics about ePlatform and I further test out the meme trackers.