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January 30, 2008

Just Testing
Posted by Jim Macdonald at 07:52 AM * 19 comments

If things work as advertised, this is supposed to show our Technorati authority.

View blog authority

This may not be a good idea.

Previous appearances of Technorati at ML include:

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Comments on Just Testing:
#1 ::: Lance Weber ::: (view all by) ::: January 30, 2008, 08:23 AM:

Ok, now can you fix the rss comments feed to deliver items in date-time order? Pretty please??

#2 ::: ethan ::: (view all by) ::: January 30, 2008, 08:43 AM:

Oh yeah? Well, my Technorati authority rank number thing is almost a thousand times bigger than yours! I win!

What? Oh. ...never mind.

#3 ::: xeger ::: (view all by) ::: January 30, 2008, 09:23 AM:

Technorati ... robotic rats ?

#4 ::: Skwid ::: (view all by) ::: January 30, 2008, 09:30 AM:

I, for one, welcome our new Robo-Rat Overlords!

#5 ::: Bruce Cohen (SpeakerToManagers) ::: (view all by) ::: January 30, 2008, 11:25 AM:

So why does the list of tags include neither dinosaurs nor sodomy? Is this an accurate description of what Making Light is about?

#6 ::: Alan Bostick ::: (view all by) ::: January 30, 2008, 11:38 AM:

If only the folks at would revise their Blogebrity badge to update automatically in the same way.

#7 ::: NelC ::: (view all by) ::: January 30, 2008, 02:32 PM:

Should the Technorati page show only two authors?

#8 ::: Spherical Time ::: (view all by) ::: January 30, 2008, 06:44 PM:

Heh. All of my blogs together have a combined authority of 11, so I think that's awesome.

#9 ::: Teresa Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: January 30, 2008, 08:29 PM:

Should we be doing this? It can only lead to invidious comparisons. I dearly love Making Light, but it's not worth mumblety-mumble times more than any number of sites I could mention.

The first time I went to a gathering of BosWash bloggers, I very carefully refrained from checking out the relative Technorati rank of other bloggers I knew would be there, so I wouldn't know it when I met them.

(I looked them all up when I got home. There's a reason I give up Technorati every Lent.)

(Bxnl, V'yy nqzvg vg: Bhgenaxvat lbhe cerivbhf rzcyblre? Cevpryrff.)

It also puts us at the mercy of Technorati, which is not a good place to be. They're not reliable. They go through long periods of strange database behavior. Worse, they apparently change the ways they calculate standings. This past September, I gleefully noted that ML had finally, by small increments over a period of years, crept all the way up into the top 1,000 blogs. Only a few days later, Technorati rejiggered something and we plummeted down to well below 2,000. How can you trust them after a thing like that?

I am trying very, very hard to refrain from asking whether putting that little button on our entries will impr --

No. Mustn't even think that. Very, very bad.

#11 ::: Allan Beatty ::: (view all by) ::: January 30, 2008, 10:11 PM:

The Technorati link never finishes loading for me. Is there a video or a Flash-based ad embedded in the page? (I chose not to install a Flash plug-in for Opera to make it easy to avoid such nonsense; if necessary I'll use Internet Exploder.)

#12 ::: TexAnne ::: (view all by) ::: January 30, 2008, 10:57 PM:

How can Technorati possibly be trustworthy? Their list of "Top Tags: What Making Light Is About" doesn't include knitting!

#13 ::: Bill Higgins-- Beam Jockey ::: (view all by) ::: January 31, 2008, 08:35 AM:

The badge-graphic is not visible on this machine, running Safari 3.0.4, under OS X 10.4.11. Looked fine on Windows machine running Firefox yesterday.

#14 ::: Bill Higgins-- Beam Jockey ::: (view all by) ::: January 31, 2008, 08:38 AM:

The badge shows up running Firefox on the same machine.

#16 ::: James D. Macdonald ::: (view all by) ::: January 31, 2008, 12:40 PM:

Results of the test so far:

Y'know the little bubble on the Cloverfield post, "Technorati Cosmos: Other blogs commenting on this post"?

Well, right now it lists one blog that links back. (

However, just by looking through the Technorati list of links to Making Light from blogs, I found two others:

That is to say, they missed two-thirds of the blogs they themselves listed.

This is me being not impressed.

#17 ::: Spherical Time ::: (view all by) ::: January 31, 2008, 03:11 PM:

Sorry, just while we're on the meta subject of blogs, TNH has there been any progress on that compilation of posts about editing/publishing/getting published?

I wish that Making Light supported blog tags. It would make navigation much easier.

On the invidiousness of posting a blog containing your technorati ranking, I think that your display of conscience about whether it should be posted alleviates the issue of intentional resentment creation. If someone can't feel good for you for doing a good job, that's their own problem, not one caused by you.

Finally, thank you for teaching me a new word (invidious). Awesome.

#18 ::: Lance Weber ::: (view all by) ::: January 31, 2008, 08:28 PM:

Making Light has never been about seeking validation from outsiders, why start now?

Worrying about Technorati rankings is like worrying about how the Society of Great Literature Critics ranks the site. Why not just include a wikipedia widget while you're at it?

#19 ::: James D. Macdonald ::: (view all by) ::: January 31, 2008, 09:56 PM:

Why not just include a wikipedia widget while you're at it?

Because Technorati is at least theoretically useful....

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