I logged onto Technorati for the umpteenth time yesterday. I love Technorati, it’s awesome and – like newlywed Fern – I’d probably spend my last waking seconds checking my rank when I depart this mortal coil. Something about me wants to be top, though I know I never will be.
Anyway, as I was saying, I checked it yesterday, and lo and behold they have tarted it up something proper! Well, it looks different. Anyway, in my opinion, there are pros and cons. First the pros.
The Profiles look a lot cleaner now, instead of being all on top of each other.
The Blog profiles have a little more information on it. However, if you’re not in the top 100,000 Alexa sites, some of it is useless.
Favourites seem to have a more prominant spot. Favourites when you specifically say you like a blog, instead of linking to it. Technorati now have included a list of the most recent posts from your favourites on the home page, plus also handy importing tools. To take advantage of favourites, I’ve added a link at the bottom of each post, plus you can also click here to add me to your favourites.
Another nice idea that utilizes the favourites it the “Popular” links – this lists the top 100 blogs in terms of “most favoured” as opposed to “most linked”. I think it gives a better idea of which blogs are actually popular, as opposed to bloging services that appear in the top 100.
Finally, should you blog about certain subjects, there’s Discover, which looks at your tags to categorise your post. I have been getting a lot of traffic to my last post because I tagged football. Trouble with tagging? Well, you can use a tool such as Technorati Tag Generator – it’s awesome.
It isn’t all rosy – some problems do exist. Well, one is nothing I can do with, one is me being bitter, and one is a genuine problem.
The genuine problem is that it’s not as usable as the old site. Well, not in my opinion. Sure, it’s not terrible, but at times today I was tearing my hair out to find something. Maybe it’s just me. Let me know if you disagree with this statement.
My bitter gripe is with this page. There’s no Technorati Tag Generator! Okay, there is a Technorati Tag Generator, but it’s not mine. Boo!Well who said being a bitter yet arrogent Welshman doesn’t pay – my tag generator got added to the tools page. Yay!
Final gripe is with the discover page. With some classic America/rest of the world ambiguity. Have a look at the top two posts on the “Discover Football” section.
Oh america, when will you learn.
In other news, I’m now the proud owner of rhyswynne.co.uk! After a discussion earlier today about cybersquatting, I thought it would be best if I bought it, just in case I ever make it big. Question is, what can I put on it? I’m thinking a portal style site to pull together all my interests. This blog will be prominantly featured, but not overwhelmingly so. Any ideas chaps?
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