The Technorati Lottery

Joe Gregorio

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:

Try now. There have been some performance improvements at TR.

Posted by Adriaan on 2005-07-14

So far I'm batting .500, earlier this morning I got a response, right now I got:

"Sorry, we couldn't complete your search because we're experiencing a high volume of requests right now. Please try again in a minute or add this search to your watchlist to track conversation."

It's 8:30 AM.

Posted by Joe on 2005-07-14

Ignoring the fact that professional baseball players dream to bat .500, I'm counting on your batting average to increase.

Posted by Adriaan on 2005-07-15

Perhaps Technorati would benefit from some techno-steroids?

Posted by Mark on 2005-07-23

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