beta version of Technorati up this morning. Looks pretty good I guess, though it’s not entirely obvious what each section of the page is doing. Dave Sifry has posted more information on the Technorati weblog.
but lately it has been confusing me. Typical problem: I use a favelet to do a search, but the results I get are far from what I would expect. Take for example a Technorati search for maps.google.com – an apropos search considering it was launched yesterday.
Well, the results I got just now for that search indicate that there are only 17 links from 11 sources – clearly incorrect. Furthermore, I have asked and otherwise verified, and there are many people who I know ping Technorati AND who posted about Google maps over 12 hours ago but who don’t appear in the results anywhere.
The confusing thing is that it’s a crapshoot. Sometimes – I’m not sure under which conditions – you get a partial list with a link to get a full list of results. Other times you get a long list of results the first time, with no such link. Yet other times you get very very short lists of results – but also with no prompt to get a more complete set of search results. And then when you do look at the results, there are multiple identical links listed, one after the other, and the count at the top doesn’t add up.
I really enjoy the service in theory, and love the direction they’re heading, and it’s obvious that there are some very smart folks over there who really care about the web. But I wonder if Technorati isn’t much more promise than delivery at this point, way more so than most people – commentators – seem to admit.
a Technorati Tags Bookmarklet courtesy of Matt at oddiophile. Of course if you’re using many of the weblog systems available it will be superfluous – Technorati also uses post categories via your RSS/Atom feed. But if you don’t use that stuff, or if you want a simple way to give a post multiple tags, then the bookmarklet will be invaluable.