Dropping Fast

Thanks to a note from a friend, I found out that in the last week or so, I’ve lost several hundred links and several hundred points in the link race at Technorati.

I guess I had my 15 minutes of, well, I couldn’t call it fame. What could we call it? Dubious distinction of being a now smaller blob in a small, finite, and rather arbitrarily controlled world of other blobs? Or as Sally Fields would say:

You don’t like me! You really don’t like me!

Sorry, having a bit of fun.

Anyway, I’m sure to drop even further in points once I figure out how to respond to something like Recovery 2.0 which is being held in San Francisco, as part of O’Reilly’s Web 2.0 conference.

In the meantime, a couple of other photos of Cairo, which is 652 miles from New Orleans. What’s interesting is that Cairo’s demographics reflect those of New Orleans, though at a much smaller scale: 1/3 of the people live below the poverty line; blacks make up the majority of the population; it is dependent on the whims of the Mississippi; it has been slowly dying since the early 1900′s.

Thin Brick Line

Once the Trolly is gone, all that remains are the tracks

Here’s the explanation for the Technorati ranking change:

The change affects how Technorati ranks its over 18.5 million blogs. Our new link counts expose more active blogs and rising stars, allowing readers to discover blogs currently receiving the attention of the blogosphere.

Which I guess means, since Technorati is the authority on such things, my weblog is of much less interest, and would be considered a falling star. Throw in who knows how long I’ll be on Shelter Duty, and I’ll probably fall of the charts.

And that’s the real problem with ranking systems such as this: they imply a worth. And when you’re ‘rank’ falls, it’s the same as saying that you are worth less.

I wonder how many new voices this will enable; how equitable this will be. I don’t know. From a first glance at the top 100, I don’t see an increase in representation or diversity. Still see a lot of the same faces.

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9 Responses to Dropping Fast

  1. Shelley, you don’t need to write the skeptical Recovery 2.0 article, save the fingers. There’s already been criticism (and from a MAWB too!)

  2. Shelley says:

    Seth thank you for that link. I added a SeeAlso link, for the comment interchange if for no other reason.

    I just wish the MAWB would engage us non-MAWB in discussions, too.

  3. maria says:

    Hmm… I just checked my standing over at Technorati, and I, too, lost half my links and dropped from about 16,000 in rank to 32,000. Must be a new ranking system…. Or they just really don’t like us anymore….

  4. Shelley says:

    It’s time for a revolution of the bits.

  5. Kevin Marks says:

    We did change the system, from ‘current front page links’ to ‘links created within the last six months’. This has shuffled the rankings a fair bit, and weights long-standing blogroll links less.

  6. Shelley says:

    Then I guess it’s time we long-standing weblogs who aren’t with the program just closed our doors and fade away.

  7. Kewl. New spam blogs get higher rankings than those that have been around for years. Makes perfect sense.

  8. Hmmm … I guess the question is if one wants the rankings to favor those who were popular in the past, versus those who are popular right now (though not a disjoint set). Note non-MAWB’s will be at a disadvantage in either case 1/2 :-). However, I think a decent argument can be made that getting rid of the bias from the earlier times when the early adopters first set up their blogrolls is overall a good thing. Of course that’s replaced by a bias to the conference-circuit and media connections. So the overall shift will just be a emphasizing a different slice of hierarchy.

  9. Shelley says:

    I have found, Seth, that weblogging was a lot more fun when Technorati wasn’t around. No offense, Kevin, this isn’t directed at you.

    But Kevin per email conversation, I wouldn’t expect Technorati to be a problem for me after this next week.