Technorati Blog Finder

Technorati just introduced Technorati Blog Finder, a browsable and searchable directory of blogs powered by tags. The Technorati Blog Finder helps you find blogs of interest in the subject areas you care about.

Technorati Blog Finder

The Technorati Blog Finder is a product created with a lot of user feedback about what groups they identify with online and how they would like to find other bloggers within that interest. Technorati seeded the list using a blogger’s most common post tags but authors can edit, change, or delete these tags — up to 20 total — through their Technorati member account page. You can also add blog-level tags in your HTML, RSS feed, or Atom feed.

  1. Add a link to your blog homepage with a link attribute of rel and a “tag directory” value.
  2. Add a category or Dublin Core subject (dc:subject element to your RSS feed at the channel or feed level.

I went through the data last night and added a few blog tags for bloggers in my feed aggregator I wanted to be sure were represented in certain categories. Take a look at the BlogHer blog tag for a listing of organizers and advisors of the recent blogging conference for women. I also tagged blogs with founder or lead developer to designate weblogs written by a project or company founder or lead developer respectively. You can also browse groups of bloggers such as venture capitalists.

Blog tags are also a good way to organize an event. The PDC tag could be used as a bottom-up listing of all of the bloggers writing about or attending Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles later this month.

Technorati Blog Finder helps authors better define how they would like to be discovered and helps readers discover new sources. Pretty cool!

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  1. Sour Duck on wrote:

    “Pretty cool!”

    Well it’s a new toy, innit?

    I typed in “feminism” to see what would happen.

    I got the following:

    Pinko Feminist Hellcat
    PFH (what, again?)
    Ms. Musings
    Rad Geek People’s Daily (something’s gone odd with the word “People” there)
    Whump.com (? new to me)

    I Am Dr. Laura’s Worst Nightmare (Whoo-hoo!)
    XX
    Daily Flute (what the heck? this guy a feminist?)
    Utopian Hell (that’s more like it…)
    Tennessee Guerilla Women (yes!)

    Under the “Blogher” tag, I’m sure Liza Sabater will be thrilled she’s listed at number 14. :)) (Hey Liza! :))

    [BTW, I only found this post because I subscribe to the Technorati tag for Blogher. A lot of spammers have been using the tag lately and I thought this smelt of spam. I usually flag ’em if the sites are Blogspot. But I see this ain’t.]

  2. liza Sabater on wrote:

    Hey!

    This looks like a good start Niall, but, but, I should be #7 in feminism. That is, with the bad link reporting that appears for my blog at the moment.

    Something happened at Technorati that the system thinks I have not claimed my site even though I have been in the system since for ever (2002? 2003?). Then there is the issue of how the system is going about with categories. I never use tags. Ever. I use the category system in MT. I have over 100 categories I write about on a daily basis. Technorati picks up maybe 1/3 of those. So for example,

    http://technorati.com/blogs/supreme%20court

    I appear #10 there. But you guys have not picked up SCOTUS as a category, even though it is used everywhere in the political blogosphere (it stands for Supreme Court Of The United States). And I am nowhere to be found in “feminism”, a category we write about constantly, day in and out. And with that in mind, Technorati has not picked up on NARAL either, which is important to the current discussions happening in the political blogosphere.

    I have quite an extensive category list at culturekitchen. If anything, my blog ought to be a roadmap for Technorati on what you should be indexing. Then again, y’all can hire me as a consultant. My fees are reasonable :)

  3. liza Sabater on wrote:

    Addendum,

    As I said, culturekitchen has over 100 categories we write about on a daily or weekly basis. The way you have the tag configuration section really does not work, at least for me. I want my site to be ranked “on the fly”.

    I actually use categories as my personal folksonomy; meaning, if I write a post and I feel it merits a new category, like “hurricane katrina”, then I create it immediately. I should not have to come to Technorati and add that by hand.

    Technorati needs to find a way to make a distiction between data classes. It makes sense to me that if I have a CSS id or class called “category” or “term” or “keyword” that your bots will recognize those immediately. It also would make sense to me that you’d use MovableType or WordPress templating tags for recognizing where the categories are found on a webpage. And then, of course, are category indexes. In Drupal, those would be vocabularies and terms. And Drupal, being so taxonomy oriented ought to be easily indexed.

    When I come to the blog configuration page, I ought to come to 100+ categories that I can then weed out. Leaving it up to me to put in all those categories, one at a time and everytime I add a new one is totally counter-productive.

    Anyhow, I could go on about this for ever. Again, my consulting fees are reasonable. And I am not kidding. Blogger and MT because successful thanks in part to the women who were involved in their development. Could it be Technorati needs to get more estrogen involved in their daily operations? Heh.

    Thanks again though for being such a gent. You guys have become the punching bags of a certain blog empresario and a certain Top 100 blogger who came to fame thanks to your Top 100 list and now bite the hand that fed them so well. I’ve been following this closely, $50K bounty and all.

    I hope that with this new blog feature you decide to throw out the top 100 list. It does not make any sense because, really, it’s an apples to oranges kind of list that says nothing about why those people are relevant. Throw the damn thing out. You have the potential of making more money with the taxonomy ranking anyway. Google has obviously figured that one out with the whole web.