September 19, 2007
Giving Technorati a Second Shot
Last night when trying to access Technorati at approximately 7:30 PM, the web site failed to load. Today, it seems to be up and running again. Perhaps they were fixing bugs or updating at the time.
From a first glance, Technorati seems to have a green-themed layout which is pleasing to the eye. There is usually an advertisement banner across the top of the page. They list new blog posts and categorize them by entertainment, technology, politics, sports, business, and life; this is updated several times each minute. They also list the most popular search terms and tags on the right-hand side of the page. Under that is a section for featured bloggers.
Aside from the satisfying layout, the search function is not 100% effective. For example, when I searched “college humor” hoping to find some blogs on the popular college-based web site, my first search result was “FREE SHOCKING PORN MOVIE” (5 minutes ago in uzdhhutp). I was pretty disappointed at this point. Furthermore, to add insult to injury so-to-say, advertisements littered the top and right-hand side of the page.
I decided to give it another try by searching “new bmw m3,” as I am an avid car fan and have been following the new BMW M3 for quite some time. This time, search results were much more relevant. All the videos and pictures returned were exceptional but not all post or blog results had to do with the search query. Also, some search queries took more than 5 seconds to return results.
The advanced search is extensive and lets you specify a query that contains all of the words, the exact phrase, at least one of the words, or none of the words. You have the option of searching all blogs, blogs about a certain topic, or a specific blog URL. Additionally, you can search tags and their blog directory.
There are three tabs under the Technorati banner: Home, Popular, and Topics. I found the Popular tab to be useful; it leads you to the top favorited blogs, top searches, and top blogs. This is a good way to stay up-to-date in the blogging realm. For the time being, I think that the Home and Topics tabs deliver the same page. They both lead to new blog posts which are updated several times each minute.
If you sign up with Technorati, you can claim your own blogs and create your own profile on their web site. Membership looks to be free and relatively straightforward.
Overall, I do not believe that I would enjoy using Technorati on a daily basis. Advertisements, false/offensive search results, and registration deter me from this web site. If you enjoy an efficient advanced search with updates from the newest blogs every minute, then Technorati might be for you.
Posted by mjiao at September 19, 2007 12:28 PM