I had a strange episode last week. I have been trying to use Technorati tags (you may have noticed them at the bottom of recent posts), but even though I was, in some cases, using tags that other bloggers had already created and posted with (such as Les Blogs and Dodgeball), my posts weren't showing up at Technorati -- often not for days.
Last week, I finally emailed the nice people at Technorati. I got the following message from
Andy Adam (updated 1.30pm -- see comment) Hertz:
Thanks for reporting this. We had a glitch producing our tag page results. It's all fixed. We had the posts all along -- and as you can see now, you were the first!
By being first, he meant first user of the tag for Dodgeball.
So, apparently they had some sort of glitch where they weren't updating results of various database activities. I wondered what else might not be getting updated. While it's not scientific, I looked at recent references to Get Real after getting this email, and there seemed to be a long list of links that I hadn't noticed before -- and I look through that often, trying to find new voices that are building on themes we track at Get Real.
Even more interesting: Get Real has been rapidly rising in the Technorati rankings, growing from around 8000 around the turn of the year to a recent high of 4,017 or so. We had been stalled for weeks, which seemed odd. So I looked, and in just that morning, since I had reported the bug and received the message, Get real had climbed like 600 increments in Technorati ranking, up to 3,416!
I also noted this morning that we are stalled again: Get Real has not moved up (or down) from 3,416 since last Thursday. I am happy to see that Get Real is the 3,416th most linked to blog, but I wonder about the stall: shouldn't these rankings be constantly moving up or down, based on new links being created? So, the question is, is there something going on at Technorati, where they have to go over and kick a server? Are they so backlogged with queued analysis tasks that things artificially stall? Did they run an update on Get Real alone, or the entire blogosphere? What's the story?
I have had a number of knowledgeable folks suggest that Technorati is having trouble scaling with the explosive growth of the blogosphere. It's a shame if it's true, because they provide an invaluable service, and with the growth of tags edging out blog categorization as an taxonomic mechanism, it is in the public interest that Technorati work. We are all coming to depend on it as a means of making sense of the world. Clcik on the tags at the foot of this story: at this monet, 9am ET Monday 16 May, this piece is not showing up on the Technorati pages associated with those tags, alrthough I have test posted this three or four times, and manually pinged technorati, as well.
I hope that someone like Google or Yahoo scoops them up and ensures that these core infrastructure mechanisms work as needed for the blogosphere.
[tags: Technorati, Google, Yahoo, blogging]