• Hiccups At Technorati

    All that new traffic from the relaunch, and the site goes down for the count. Or maybe it really is “scheduled maintenance,” in the middle of the day, at peak traffic times. :-) I love Technorati, even when they lie to me. Read More

  • All New Technorati: No Longer Blog-Centric

    Blog search engine Technorati made significant changes to its data architecture and user interface this evening. CEO Dave Sifry outlined the details on his personal blog. The changes, Sifry says, are largely in response to Technorati’s changing user base – more and more mainstream Internet users are using the service. This is also a clear move by Technorati away from blog… Read More

  • Technorati CEO Search Confirmed

    Technorati has retained New York-based James and Company to conduct a CEO search for the company. For the last few weeks, the firm has been reaching out to potential candidates in Silicon Valley and elsewhere to gauge their interest in leading the nearly four year old company. No word on whether founder and current CEO Dave Sifry will take a new position at the company or will move on to… Read More

  • Technorati's Mating Dance

    Update: Dave Sifry responds in the comments, saying “I’ll be very clear about it – Technorati isn’t for sale.” Which means, of course, that Technorati is for sale. Blog search engine Technorati has always been more secretive about itself than most other startups. They won’t comment on venture financings, for example, even to correct incorrect information. So… Read More

  • Technorati Loses Key Developer to Google

    A key Technorati developer, Kevin Marks, has left the company and is now at Google, according to his blog. Just a month and a half ago Google took the lead as the top blog search engine from Technorait, and the loss of Marks to them is a further blow. Technorati releases very little information to the public about itself, leaving us to mostly speculate on their financial health. This move could… Read More

  • SuperBowl Ads (Not Really) From Startups

    Today’s the day – SuperBowl XLI. Hundreds of millions of people around the world will eat junk food, drink beer, and watch the best television advertising all year interrupted periodically with a football game. Six startups (Meebo, Meez, Multiply, Plaxo, RockYou and Technorati) who can’t afford the $2.5 million plus for a thirty second spot during the game got together to… Read More

  • Technorati's Mysterious Disappearing WTF Product

    Steve Rubel somehow came across a new Digg-like Technorati product called “WTF,” which stands for “Where’s the Fire?” It was briefly live at, but is no longer available. From the screen shots (see below, care of Rubel), it appears to have very similar features as Digg, where users can vote for stories they find interesting and force them higher… Read More

  • Google v. Technorati (and Hitwise v. Comscore)

    Metrics company Hitwise writes a sensational blog post showing the dramatic rise of Google Blog Search against competitors Technorati and Sphere. Their data is saying that this week, for the first time, Google Blogsearch surpassed Technorati in total visits. Google Blog Search just passed 0.0025% of total internet traffic, according to Hitwise, v. 0.0023% for Technorati. The reason for the… Read More

  • Technorati Announces Support for Open ID

    Blog search engine Technorati announced tonight that bloggers will now be able to claim ownership of their blogs with Open ID credentials and that more work in support of Open ID is on the way. Open ID provides one URL you can use to identify yourself at all participating sites around the web. You can handle the logistics yourself or you can pay any number of different vendors to register your… Read More

  • Update: Technorati got $3 million more than previously reported

    We reported last month that blog search engine Technorati had raised $7.6 million in Series C funding in June from previous investors Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Mobius Venture Capital. Today’s PE Wire now says that Series C funding has hit $10.52 million. The previous investment left many mystified about the implications, today’s news really begs the question of where Technorati… Read More

  • Technorati Relaunch

    Technorati has updated their design and added new features, as they celebrate their third birthday. See a post by CEO Dave Sifry on the Technorati blog for more. Thumbs up across the board on this one. The design is much better and easier to read than its year-old predecessor. The new features, though, are where the action is. In particular, the new “Discover” area of the site is… Read More

  • Technorati scores $7.6m more funding

    Blog search engine Technorati raised an additional $7.6 million in Series C funding in June from previous investors Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Mobius Venture Capital. The information has been picked up from a SEC document files by one of the investor’s limited partners. Notably, August Capital, a previous investor, did not participate in this round. This news comes just after news of… Read More

  • Technorati now has Authority

    Assigning some sort of quality to real time search is necessary. Tracking incoming links to a particular post doesn’t work because, well, since this stuff is real time there is no time to track links. Memeorandum does track blog post links in near real time, but with a very small index of blogs. Tracking this across the entire blogosphere is much more difficult. Robert Scoble points out… Read More

  • The Memeorandum Hunters

    I’ve written about two new real-time news aggregators today, Megite and Newroo. The space is clearly hot, with both funded and unfunded companies rushing to release products. The goal? Leverage all of the great edge blog content out there, figure out what’s hot at any given time by analyzing who’s linking to who (as well as other tools) and presenting that hot content to… Read More

  • When Will Yahoo Acquire Technorati?

    Yahoo’s recent acquisition binge is the topic of a Red Herring print article this week called “Hungry Hungry Yahoo”. Liz Gannes, who wrote the article, discusses Yahoo’s recent acquisitions and speculates on a few likely candidates for future Yahoo shopping sprees. The article lists 37 Signals, MeasureMap, Digg, YouTube and Technorati as the ones to watch. (Note… Read More

  • Web 2.0 Companies I Couldn't Live Without

    There have been numerous 2005 “best of” and 2006 “predictions” posts over the last few weeks as the year comes to an end. I’m not going to write one of those. Giving out “best of” awards seems presumptuous to me, given that I’ve been blogging all of six months. And while predictions are fun, they aren’t all that useful in the end. What I… Read More

  • Technorati Explore Smells Like Memeorandum

    Whoa. Niall Kennedy nonchalantly wrote earlier today about Technorati’s version of Google Labs, called Technorati Kitchen. It’s where Technorati is putting it’s not-fully-baked beta products. There’s only one project there now, and it’s called “Explore“. Explore sure looks a like it was inspired by Memeorandum: Explore
    Find out what bloggers are… Read More

  • Steve Rubel Highlights Technorati Features

    Steve Rubel’s “Ten Technorati Hacks” is outstanding. If you are looking to exploit the deeper features of Technorati, read his post. My favorite features: Suscribe to Tag Feeds: Every technorati tag has its own feed Subscribe to Search Feeds: Every search has its own feed. Individual Blog Search: Click on the search tab and then enter the unique blog URL you want to… Read More

  • Technorati Extends Search Functionality

    Niall Kennedy at Technorati has just informed me that they have quietly updated their tag search engine with full boolean search functionality. In August, Technorati added the OR function to tag search. On a search for “apple OR microsoft”, the results would include any posts that included either tag. While useful, this functionality essentially just reduced the number of searches… Read More

  • Technorati Releases Major New Feature

    Dave Sifry announced the Technorati Blog Finder this evening. Derek Powazek at Technorati also posts on Blog Finder here. What is it? It’s a ranked list of blogs. By Tag. David Powazek calls it “a mini Top 100 for any topic you can imagine”. Here’s Katrina. Here’s Web 2.0. Here’s Skype. How good is it? I think it has some problems. Tags are publisher created… Read More