A slightly confusing site I must admit, Alpha Inventions seems to have caught the interest of the blogosphere lately.
The main idea seems to be to display the frontpage of a blog, and every few seconds cycle to a new blog. If the viewer wishes, they can click on a displayed blog. A blog is more likely to be displayed if a.) The blogger writes a post about Alpha Inventions, (I believe that this is equivalent to having hits directed to the site from your own blog) or b.) if the URL of a blog post is entered into an input box on the Alpha Inventions site. In the absence of either of these things happening, (which grows increasingly unlikely as the site becomes more popular), the site also seems to search out and display some blogs randomly.
Point “a.)” was assertained by visiting the site via my own blog, without having posted anything specifically relating to the site (until now), and then noting the subsequent rise in pageview stats. It should be noted that the hits only seem to be to the frontpage, with very little ‘browsing’ within the blog (e.g. no effect on individual post stats, clicks from within the blog by visitors, or comments). I wonder if the act of displaying the blog itself on Alpha Inventions counts as a ‘hit’ – although the developer claims that this is not the case.
I’m not sure how this will work in the long term as more and more blogs are added to the queue/list/whatever. The site will presumably become saturated.
I’m a bit skeptical about the site, as I have personally found it a rather simple process in the past to find blogs which are relevant to my own areas of interest/research, using Technocrati etc., and by browsing other people’s blogrolls. At the moment Alpha Inventions has no search or weighting functions, so you’re most likely to come across a large number of blogs irrelevant to your own interests (which indeed I have).
The other thing the site seems very good at is creating discontinuities in pageview statistics. Not necessarily a good thing for anyone interested in monitoring ‘natural blogosphere growth’, or sporting a borderline OCD.