April 21st, 2006
Have you checked out the Technorati Top 100 (by unique links) lately? It’s starting to change in very interesting ways.
First, Dave Winer is gone. That’s right — Scripting News is no longer a top 100 blog.
So what knocked him off? Personal blogs by young Asian women, most of them on MSN Spaces:
Then there are these Japanese blogs (beyond my language skills to assess):
I won’t embarass myself by mis-identifying the lanuages, but again most of these appear to be personal MySpace-like blogs — and look at the rankings!
There are many implications to this phenomenon, all of them fascinating and deeply disruptive to U.S. West Cost-centric view of the blogosphere:
– Blogging is a global phenomenon – duh! (I can’t even read a lot of the blogs that link to Publishing 2.0)
– MSN Spaces is kicking MySpace’s butt in Asia
– The cross-linking power of these personal blogs makes those of us writing on “professional” topics look like we’re sitting in a very small room
– The technology blogs that dominated the early geekosphere my soon be crowded out of the Technorati Top 100
– The provincial U.S. view of 2.0 does little to help us understand the globalization of 2.0
While we’re on the subject of Technorati’s Top 100, remember when the geekosphere went ga-ga over Technorati’s favorites featues? What a dud! If you look at the Top 100 list based on most favorited blogs, you’ll see it’s based on TINY numbers of favorites users — so few that Publishing 2.0 is STILL on that top 100 despite being on only 28 favorites lists.
And of course Technorati’s core functions like keeping track of numbers of links and delivering search results without timing out continue to SUCK.
Technorati has become a fascinating site, but not for any of the reasons its creators intended.
Chris Edwards did some sleuthing and discovered evidence that these sites are gaming the system — more evidence that the folks at Technorati are in over their heads (from comments below):
On further inspection, it looks as though the MSN blogs that are linking are personal blogs created by real people rather than spam bots. But the links pushing the target sites up the rankings in Technorati are fakes.
Every single entry on the first page of link-love for Ã‚Â»-(Ã‚Â¯`vÃ‚Â´Ã‚Â¯)-Ã‚Â» xEuNiCex Ã‚Â»-(Ã‚Â¯`vÃ‚Â´Ã‚Â¯)-Ã‚Â» at Technorati starts off like this:
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ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 20 identical blog posts, apparently. YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll (not) be surprised to find out that the text doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t exist on any of the sites I checked that supposedly generated all those entries. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d say itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a gaping hole in the way that Technorati checks pings (if, indeed, it checks at all).
Chris has more analysis of this phenomenon over at Hacking Cough.