Along with surfacing stories and putting them in context, one of Techmeme's chief functions is providing a kind of visualization for news. Headline size, cluster size, and "Discussion" length all signal the structure of the buzz surrounding a story.
I've always wanted to make a cool, time-lapse view of Techmeme to take this to the next level. So I was very happy to find Amit Agarwal arrive at the idea, and most importantly, pull it off.
Fifty hours in the recent life of Techmeme unfold in a mere 50 seconds in the video available at this link. It's also embedded below, but a little hard to read due to compression, so use the previous link if you're on broadband.