Doing your own Technorati links

Apparently the in thing to do with your blog this month is to add links to each post’s Technorati cosmos, down in the place where you would have a comments link if you had comments. That’s interesting in and of itself, the whole “if you want to comment, do it on your own blog” thing, assuming as it does that everything you might comment on would be interesting to your readers, and that you always want to write up a summary of the post you commented on, to introduce your readers to what you are about to say, but that’s not what I want to talk about today ;)

You don’t actually have to wait for someone to add a ton of backlinks to Technorati backlinking to their posts’ forward links: just bookmark or drag to your links toolbar this Technorati Lookup bookmarklet, and click it when you want to know who linked to the page where you are.

That scheme does lack the rather interesting PageRank effects of linking every post to a Technorati search for the post, which ought to end up giving Technorati enormous PR, and transferring some of it on to the people who linked to your post, but then after watching Adam Gessaman’s Technorati gaming demonstration post pop up as new again over and over in my aggregator for a full week now (hey, Adam, how many days are there in a “brief experiment”?), I’m not so sure I really like the idea of transferring PR through Technorati.


Comment by Richard #
2004-04-22 00:36:54

Technorati blocks search engines (read: Google) from accessing anything below the /cosmos/ folder, so my dreams in increasing my PageRank by syndicating links (and the link titles) faded after reading its robots.txt.

That said, Adam may have gotten his idea of Technorati-bombing from me, because he implemented his Technorati-bomb after we chatted about my cynical–and so far successful–attempt to increase my hitcount by syndicating the links and title text from sites with more than 1000 inbound links.

Also, I have yet to see someone other than myself credit Don Park (or whoever he got the idea from) for adding Technorati links to the end of each post.

Comment by Phil Ringnalda #
2004-04-22 07:53:43

Ah, reasonable of them to block the dynamic pages, I should have thought of that.

I’m sure Adam’s post is all your fault: every single time I read it, I see you mentioned right there in the first paragraph.

And I did know that BoingBoing didn’t invent the idea (I would have said it was very nearly as old as Technorati) but I didn’t really have any feeling about who did it first. I’d be willing to believe Don, though the idea doesn’t make me say ”oh, of course, that was who did it first!” Lazy googling (there’s something past the first page?) says that last July Kevin Aylward was distributing sample code for MT, Blogger, pMachine and Greymatter (in a page that looks rather familiar, making me think it was widely linked, if not the first to do it.)

Comment by Virginia #
2004-04-22 12:52:05

Sorry, this comment has nothing to do with your article, but with your Revision feature. How did you do that?

Comment by Phil Ringnalda #
2004-04-22 13:06:33

That was actually in my last tab dump, as ”wants to be blogged” – it’s a Movable Type Revision Plugin.

Comment by peter caputa #
2004-04-23 11:40:32

you might find this interesting. some people are claiming this technorati link cosmos tool is an unspammable approach to comments. quite the contrary, actually:

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