Technorati’s Dropped Index

Looks like Technorati is trimming their index back a bit down to content less than six months.

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 can sympathize a bit on the hardware requirements here – especially now that Technorati is having to cut back on their infrastructure requirements.

The major obstacle I think their new CEO faces is going to be their burn rate. They can’t have more than a year of cash in the bank so he’s going to have to slash and burn to extend that. He’s then going to have to pitch for potentially a Series D.

The emphasis in the quote is mine but it’s the key line: “most people don’t [sic] notice.” They didn’t notice because they’ve long since switched to using Google BlogSearch or the main index of Google itself. The declining number of people who do regularly use Technorati for search will soon be jumping across to Google as they discover that Technorati is a shallow pool when searching blogs.

That’s a bit harsh and certainly not what Ian meant. The vast majority of people search for recent content.

That said. Recall is an important characteristic for a search engine – then again Google Blogsearch is no panacea.

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