You didn’t think I would leave it at just my expert perspective on the Technorati changes did you?
As with my previous post I want to make clear that it is somewhat of a dilemma writing about Technorati, as I provide some infrequent consultation to Blogcatalog in some ways one of their competitors.
However as well as providing an expert’s overview of Technorati I have always been an avid user, so this is Technorati from a purely user’s perspective.
Technorati Favorites Are Gone
The Technorati Top 100 by number of favorites has gone, along with all the interfaces for managing and reading favorites.
Technorati Blog Reactions Are Gone
You used to be able to use Technorati to monitor a story, following links to related posts.
Technorati no longer has a page containing a large snippet of your content along with the related links to that content.
As a user of Technorati that is a major loss, and it was this relationship between posts that used to make technorati a core component of the WordPress interface.
This is a feature competition with Google has finally killed, but Google’s Blogsearch currently sucks, picking up comments even with nofollow, sidebar links etc. Monitoring links through Google is time consuming because of the noise.
You can now leave friendly comments on the profiles of the blogs you love, all through JS Kit (which means the blog owner has no way to moderate, just link Google Sidewiki)
Here is one I left on the Techcrunch profile pointing this out earlier
You can now write full articles to post on Technorati such as this one (chosen at random)
I think you are meant to reach these articles through the Technorati “People” navigation which isn’t currently working, but there are links to related articles at the bottom of Directory pages.
Top blogs in a small collection of topics plus the global “headline” Technorati top 1000
Humans are going to have difficulty navigating through more than a few pages, let alone search engines
You are really going to have to use blog based tags to find blogs similar to your own. Make sure you set them correctly for your own blogs.
Many of the features that were broken no longer exist, and the idea of reactions going away forever is sad. Hopefully it is a feature that will return.
I am not sure whether commenting will enhance the site – I know that contact systems on Mybloglog and Blogcatalog are prone to spam which a site owner can moderate. I can’t understand why they use JS-Kit.
Technorati have now posted a list of changes from their perspective highlighting things like the ranked directories (though they have always had ranked tags)
There are even some slightly more technical features I didn’t spot as missing, but will eventually come back
What’s gone for now?
With six years of history behind us, we have also discovered what’s important and not important in our offerings. As such, some things will go away permanently, and others will return later with enhanced utility that reflects the new features of the site. Here’s what’s coming back shortly after launch:
* Technorati Charts and API: both will be returning later
* Widgets – For those sites with widgets on their sites, there’s no need to worry. Some widgets will continue to serve as they have in the past, and some that utilized legacy Technorati technology will either change slightly or temporarily disappear without any affect on web pages. Technorati will be developing some exciting new widgets that match the new features in the site.
* s.technorati.com is still there, but it’s moved to the main site at Technorati.com/search
* Watchlists are gone
* Some (but not all) RSS feeds.
They really should remove the noindex/nofollow from their blog header
It seems Technorati are now crawling a lot fewer blogs now – it will be interested to find out an exact number.