Many people with lots of favorites in Technorati might have noticed that for the last month or so that Technorati were not displaying them, and thought that for some reason their account might have been banned.
I think one of the problems was that Technorati created some great features that no one was really using extensively for managing OPML in interesting ways, and then with various methods of exchanging Technorati favorites, and my suggestion to import opml into Technorati favorites, the system might have become slightly overwhelmed.
If a legitimate blogger like Robert Scoble can read 100s or even 1000s of blogs, then importing 1000 blogs as favorites into Technorati shouldn’t be looked on as a bad thing, which is why I suggested doing that in the first place rather than wasting a huge amount of time running around between blogs requesting to exchange Technorati Favorites.
Over the last couple of days the Technorati Favorites and WTF were taken offline for maintenance and now there is a new message displayed.
We know you have a lot of favorites, we apologize that we aren’t able to show them.
There is a known bug where the favorites feature is disabled for accounts with a large number of favorites. We are currently working on this and hope to have this resolved within the next few weeks. In the meantime, you should still be able to view your tagged favorites. Please note that your favorites are not lost. They just cannot be displayed. Thus, when the fix is in place, you should be able to access your favorites again. Thanks for your patience!
It should be remembered that Technorati purchased PersonalBee back in April, and nothing currently has been done with integration.
There is no mention of what changes might be taking place, but hopefully Technorati will continue to expand the way that OPML data can be used to customize your browsing experience.
I still use the meme based upon my Technorati favorites on Megite which covers stories from over 800 blogs most of which would never appear on Techmeme.
Unfortuantely with Technorati favorites in the current state, I am not in a position to include more people in it, though as soon as they fix their Technorati favorites, I will be adding people just by reciprocating Technorati favorites.
There was previously a bit of a blogstorm over this, I am sure when the Technorati favorites system is fixed there will be another one.
OPML is meant to be used, and not just by geeks.