I’ll admit… thanks to my chronic state of learning overload, I haven’t yet gotten around to fully exploring and implementing a much-touted tool called Technorati tags. I know, I know, I should have been all over this one months ago… but life and paying work intervened.
Anyway, today I was gratified to learn that in a recent Social Customer Manifesto blog posting and podcast entitled The “newvoices” Tag: Throwing On The Floodlights, PR/communications guru Christopher Carfi highlighted and graciously complimented my weblog CONTENTIOUS. (Thanks, Chris!)
I think this “newvoices” tag strategy is intriguing and worth a shot. So I’ll bite the bullet, learn more about Technorati tags, and give it a try. However, I have a couple of reservations and questions about Technorati tags in general…
Bear in mind, everything that follows clearly reflects my personal lack of firsthand use of Technorati tags. If I’ve misunderstood anything, please feel free to correct me in the comments.
ISN’T THIS HIGHLY SPAMMABLE?
It strikes me that if any particular Technorati tag, including newvoices were top become the basis for a popular feed, then it might well become a major spam magnet.
That is, if lots of people start subscribing to the Technorati newvoices tag feed, wouldn’t that tempt unscrupulous people to add that tag to irrelevent postings simply to attract eyeballs? And wouldn’t that defeat the purpose of newvoices or any tag?
HOW RELIABLE IS TECHNORATI, REALLY?
In a followup post yesterday, Chris Carfi noted that blogger Pete Scott used the newvoices tag in a posting.
Well, I just subscribed to the newvoices feed, and the only posting I see on there so far is Carfi’s. Of course, at the moment I don’t seem to be able to hit Pete Scott’s blog at all, and I don’t know whether temporary server outages or other site-access glitches affect how Technorati processes and displays tags.
UPDATE JULY 29: Pete Scott’s blog is now up, and his item has appeared in the feed for the “newvoices” Technorati tag.
Coincidentally, just today my friend and current houseguest Koan Bremner posted an item about how Technorati appears to be flaking out, particularly regarding tags. People who commented on Koan’s post reported similar problems.
I’d love to hear more perspectives on the reliability of Technorati tags and the overall reliability of Technorati in general. I realize it’s a free service, and I respect David Sifry greatly. However, Technorati has become recognized as a crucial part of the infrastructure of the blogosphere so I think it’s important for bloggers to have a frank discussion about that service’s true benefits and limitations.
Personally, I often recommend Technorati to people who are learning about blogging. I’ll continue to do so I just don’t want to oversell it.
CAN TECHNORATI TAGS BE USED BY OTHER AGGREGATOR SERVICES?
Again, this may reflect my ignorance, but… It seems to me that, in theory, Technorati tags in feeds could be recognized and used by any similar service like BlogPulse, Feedster, Blogdigger, PubSub, etc. Right?
I mean, just because Technorati started the blog-tagging thing doesn’t mean that other services can’t capitalize on that infrastructure. Right?
I raise this point because, if for some reason Technorati’s technical infrastructure can’t support the volume of processing required by tagging, maybe another system can do it better. (Again, that’s not to trash or undermine Technorati.)
I believe that a functional, timely, tag-oriented blog aggregation services is vital to the public conversation. Somebody should be able to fill that role capably.
I’d hope so, at least.