Technorati, continued

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Doc Searls has more on Technorati (he cites my pseudo there but without a link, hello Doc!) and an interesting question about getting objective evaluations of RSS search engines. Very much needed, but will they be transparent enough for that?

From Doc's post I saw a response from David Berlind to Scoble's Technorati vs. Bloglines comparison I mentionned previously. In short, Scoble was comparing apples to oranges, and quality is not quantity (Technorati seems to do a better job than Bloglines at removing duplicates). This article also confirmed what I've been thinking for a long time, i.e. the Technorati methodology for determining authority is to count the number of links from a home page to a blog, not the number of links from an entire site. Berlind also reports that Technorati actually keeps all the links in its index but it doesn't show them. Yet it seems to have some problems spitting out the most recent ones coherently.

During this surf I also saw the passe d'armes between Scoble and Ian Betteridge (Ian, Scoble, Ian, Scoble) where Ian basically says that 30,000 bloggers can be wrong (I agree, one of the drawbacks of the networked nature of the blogosphere is its propensity to act as an echo chamber) and Scoble brags the superiority of the bloggers vs. journalists is that the former can and more often do amend themselves when they write something wrong on their blog than the latter. The trouble is, Scoble has yet to amend his apples to oranges comparison on his own blog! [Update: he did.] Meanwhile, I'm going to amend my previous post.