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  ‘Technorati Explore’ Loses Me  
Posted 2005-12-14 by Tony Walsh
Technorati's artificial-intelligence officially hates me. Once upon a time, Clickable Culture ranked #1 in search-results for tags "Second Life" and "Other Space" (I checked those tags because they're fairly specific). Because I often combined those two tags, Technorati now believes the two terms are related, along with several others I often use in combination. It likes my contribution to its idea of tag-relationships, but has turned its back on this blog. Please excuse me while I wipe away a tear.

Technorati has now launched a beta version of "Technorati Explore," a way of finding posts from blogs sporting specific tags. However, it has purged this blog completely from its memory. It currently thinks there are only 7 "top" blogs writing about Second Life (there are dozens of blogs coving this topic). I'm cruelly left out of the top 7, despite my 186 entries (to date) on the topic. Hilariously, when I checked out Technorati's "related" tag Other Space (the tag I related to Second Life), no blogs at all were listed. When I first started using that tag, I was one of maybe 2 other blogs using it, and Technorati recognized that accurately. Now, I've dropped right off Explorer's radar, despite using both Second Life and Other Space as tags at least once a week. Clearly Clickable Culture is "about" Second Life, Other Space, Business, Life, Gaming and other tags I use here. But the Technorati-bots hate me. And this makes me cry.

Dear Technorati: Never send a robot to do a human's job.
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Comment posted by Tony Walsh
December 14, 2005 @ 2:15 pm
And now I know why: Apparently Technorati has changed the spec for linking tags. It used to be rel="tag". Now it's rel="tag directory". I must have been on vacation the week this was announced.
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