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Technorati Kills Dated Data: Hooray!

Posted on 11.05.2007

Blog search engine Technorati has apparently removed data from its index that was older than 6 months. I say - "Well done Technorati, well done."

Zoli Erdos got confirmation from Technorati's Ian Kallen:

"We’re in the midst of some economization, performance fixes and retooling that have required taking some data offline. The data is not lost but our priorities are to prefer keeping recent data online. Most people don’t notice :) We’ll probably be bringing that data back online but I don’t have an ETA yet."

I would encourage Technorati to bring back only a portion of this data if any of it at all- as most of its worthless anyway. Technorati has greater problems than people complaining about their links not being counted, they have the major search engines aiming directly (and some would argue beating them) at what was once their core competency - the indexing of recently updated content. Including information older than six months does no one any good anyway. For example, try and find some information from a year ago about the majority opinion on Google's treatment of paid links. What you'll find is a consensus about how Google could never find out if a link was paid or not. So why include it now when the situation has changed?

Google's Blog Search works exceedingly well and the fact that Ask includes blog results directly in search results is a phenomenal and important development - Website Magazine has even received a decent quantity of traffic from these sources; more in the past few days that Technorati has sent in the last six months. In the end, if Technorati chooses to keep this dated data, I believe that over time would be the end of the once lauded service.

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