Archive for the ‘Weblogs’ Category

Blogospheric Infoporn

Dave Sifry of Technorati has done a great three-part (1, 2, 3) series of posts on the size and shape of the blogosphere where he provides some fun charts and graphs on the development of the world of weblogs over the past several months since he last posted on this topic after his presentation at last October’s Web2.0 conference. Since October, the number of blogs indexed and links tracked by Technorati has doubled to nearly eight million blogs and nearly one billion links. I’m happy to say that I am one of the new bloggers contributing the the growth, though sometimes that just makes me feel like a statistic. :-)

My kudos go to the team at Technorati for scaling up to meet the torrid growth of the blogosphere thus far, all the while adding many new features along the way. And I wish them the best of luck to them as they rise to meet the challenge of another doubling of their universe over the next five months and contemplate a quadrupling of it by year’s end.

March 18th, 2005     Categories: Web/Tech, Weblogs    

Technorati Tags

Today Technorati launched a very cool new feature, Technorati Tags. Inspired by the communal categorization features of flikr and, Technorati now indexes tags embedded in blog posts (you get this for free when you choose to categorize your blog post on most popular publishing tools), and now they are first-class entities within Technorati that you can search and explore, which should help drive more folksonomy in the blogosphere. Technorati’s tag-search results include photos from the fine folks at Flikr and links from, which makes tag exploration on Technorati a compelling multimedia experience. Some of my favorites: Mac, Iraq, iPod. Kudos to the team for another great release!

January 14th, 2005     Categories: Web/Tech, Weblogs    

Technorati Happenings

I’m a couple days late in posting this, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t congratulate the team over at Technorati for two recent milestones. First, Technorati is going international, in partnership with Digital Garage, who will be launching a fully localized version in Japan. For more info on this, check out David Sifry’s and Joi Ito’s blog entries.

Second, last weekend Technorati moved to a new data center, a process that strikes fear into the hearts of the hardiest engineers and network operations people. They managed to do it in well under their 48-hour goal. My hat is off to the entire team for pulling this off. I’m happy to say the new data center will give us plenty of room to grow, and we’ll all sleep better at night knowing the chance of fire-related downtime has been drastically reduced.

Dave’s blog and Adam’s blog have some great details on the move, including two graphs that show how Technorati’s spiders got back to work (and then caught up) after their move-induced downtime. And both blogs also point to photographic evidence of the project as it unfolded. Congrats to everyone who worked so hard to pull this off!

December 23rd, 2004     Categories: Web/Tech, Weblogs