June 01, 2004


Technorati claims that seven minutes after you blog something it shows up in their indexes as searchable. Oh yeah?

I'm not so sure. It's been a lot longer than seven minutes since yesterday's cicada story. I did a search for cicada, even a search for Drescher, and nothing related to the brianstorms.com blog shows up there. Miracle of miracles, if one searches for daily show reruns, Technorati does mention the brianstorms.com blog entry from May 27th. But Technorati says "Post created 2 days 15 hours 4 minutes ago" --- today is June 1st. Two days after 15 hours and 4 minutes ago was not May 27th.

What's up, Technorati?

When I created this post, I pinged the BoingBoing.net article that talks about Technorati. I just went to BoingBoing's site, went to the exact article (here's the permalink), clicked the link at the bottom of that article where it says Other blogs commenting on this post, and this blog is not mentioned.

UPDATE II. Now it is mentioned. Wait a sec. If you go to this page, and refresh your browser, you get different results every time. One time it might say that that boingboinbg page "has 5 links from 5 sources", then after a refresh it might say "has 3 links from 3 sources". Refresh again, "has 4 links from 4 sources". Sometimes brianstorms.com is listed, sometimes not. Sometimes it'll say "5 links from 5 sources" but only show three. Sometimes it'll say "has 2 links from 2 sources" but show five. Is this a bug? Am I missing something?

Posted by brian at June 1, 2004 07:40 AM


Don't you have to ping Technorati to make that happen? And... are you pinging Technorati?

Posted by: Joe Crawford at June 1, 2004 08:58 AM

Yep, I have MovableType configured to automatically ping Technorati. It's been pinging Technorati for months whenever anything new is posted.

Posted by: Brian at June 1, 2004 09:28 AM

The bottom line is that bullshit scales at Technorati better than their software.

I've had a chunk of email correspondence about various problems from this service with Sifry and with the woeful "techsupport"

I think rather than touting all the way new fab features they are going to have they might get their core functionality working.

Scaling and the inability of their software to do it right seems to be at the heart of the problem.

I've had links fail to show up at all until days aftr they were made.

I've seen the software tell me my page was last updated 26 days ago after 26 days of constant updates.

I've pinged the server directly and still there's no update.

Sometimes you ping and it updates and then goes back to 23 days, seven days, whatever it feels like.

Meetups and puff sessions can sometimes just be blowing smoke up the userbase's butt.

That may be the case here.

Posted by: Gerard Van der Leun at June 3, 2004 08:14 AM

I've had all the same problems. I don't get why Technorati has the cache it does. It just plain doesn't work.

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