Technorati have added a new “topics” feature to their front page and menus.
It updates live, in a similar way to Truemors.com and various widgets such as the one for Netscape.com
Topics are split between Entertainment, Technology, Politics, Sports, Business, and Life and apparently blogs have been selected based upon Technorati Authority, frequency of posting, use of relevant tags, links to related subject matter and general topicality.
In theory some of my content might appear within both the Technology and Business sections, but that remains to be seen.
Is Technorati Topics Useful?
In theory it is spam free but it is also elitist, though the bar hasn’t been set insanely high for entry. I suppose it might bring additional readers to sites who wouldn’t otherwise get noticed.
I have seen one blog with an authority of 65 appearing in the results already.
Technorati Bugs Fixed?
The Technorati Popular page is fairly broken
Apparently Guy Kawasaki has a twin, in fact he is not the only one…
I actually took these screen shots a week ago, and nothing has really changed
Automattic is now a top rated blog… huh?
Lets have a look at the quality of the posts in the feed on the Automattic blog
There are other discrepancies too, but it is really not my place to snitch on anyone. Technorati are allowed to interpret and hand edit the results just as much or maybe more than Google are, especially as they don’t have a monopoly and 10,000+ employees.
The errors I have pointed out here are the most obvious ones.
I did check to see if they have fixed the Technorati favorites for those with more than 200 – they haven’t so I can’t add or remove any.
Important Milestone For Technorati
Recently Technorati have had quite a few shake ups, with Dave Sifry dropping his CEO role (but remaining Chairman) and 8 people were also let go.
Prior to that in July Adam Hertz, Tantek Celik and Liz Dunn left whilst
hiring promoting Dorion Carroll.
Corrected – see comment by Dorion in comments
By my reckoning, Technorati probably still have around 40 staff and have still to show how they are going to integrate Personal Bee which they previously acquired.
Hopefully we will start to see either existing systems fixed, or more ways we can interact and explore our favorite blogs, and make use of what is still one of the best implementations of OPML.