Updated on August 27, 2008
This turned into quite a lengthy discussion, initially prompted by Dan Yorkâ€™s report in that episode in which he talked about whatâ€™s wrong with Technorati.
There seems to be a growing feeling that somethingâ€™s wrong with Technorati.
In my recent experience, this is manifested through searching for something and always getting an error like this:
So my perception of Technorati now as a blog search tool is that it isnâ€™t reliable any longer (although to be fair, I did a search just now, which did work). I end up Googling which, letâ€™s face it, always works.
And so I donâ€™t use Technorati any more as a primary place to search. I still refer to Technorati when researching influencers online although I sometimes wonder how reliable that core aspect of its service really is, things like authority and ranking.
Anecdotally, Iâ€™m hearing more and more such views about Technorati. Joe Thornley sums it all up very well:
[â€¦] I am throwing in the towel on Technorati. I no longer receive benefits that justify the time to go to the site and conduct a search. Google blog search reliably provides me with more complete results. So, why spend the time setting up and reviewing search results from a second service that has proven itself so unreliable?
And as I have come to doubt the completeness of Technoratiâ€™s search results, Iâ€™ve grown ever more reluctant to place any reliance on Technorati Authority.
So, at the end of the day, I find myself rarely going to Technorati.
The end of an era?