So apparently some of the blogosphere is aghast that Technorati might try to make a profit. Please, get over it already, Dave and company didn't put up all those servers and services just because they didn't have anything better to do with their time and money.
On balance I've got say there's a wide opening for competitors to Technorati on the customer service and QOS fronts. How do I get my site indexed by Technorati and have my posts appear under the right tags? First, I use the manual ping page, then about an hour later I use the manual ping page again. Then I use a quick bash script I wrote to call the XML-RPC ping interface. Then I wait another 24 hours. Then I jump into IRC and harass Kevin Marks personally until my site gets indexed. YMMV. As tiring as this is for me, I have to believe it's even more wearing on Kevin.
All of this so I can play the Technorati Lottery. That is, intermittently pressing F5 to see if I can get a screen different from this one: