14 Dec 2007 8 am eastern

Adios, Technorati?

Without my permission, Technorati has stuck my photo and its logo in the sidebar of my site’s front page.

Technorati, when it works, provides useful services to blogs and their readers, such as the ability to track third-party responses to a post. (Google Blog Search works the same street, and refreshes more frequently.)

Technorati also indexes “authority,” which is its word for popularity as determined by the number of Technorati users who mark your site as a favorite.

Sooner or later, almost everyone with a blog “claims” it on Technorati by inserting a small piece of JavaScript into their template.

Until recently, that small piece of JavaScript helped Technorati keep track of your site, and that was all it did.

You could configure the script to show your picture and Technorati’s logo but you didn’t have to, and I chose not to.

Technorati called the script an “embed.”

In the last few days, Technorati apparenty converted its “embeds” to “widgets.”

Widgets do more than embeds, and I’m sure they’ll delight some blog owners. But I am not delighted. I wasn’t asked, or even notified. Through investigation (AKA random clicking) I found the widgets page and “customized” my widget not to show my photo and Technorati’s logo (i.e. I manually opted out of something I had previously already opted out of).

Except the opt-out didn’t take. My photo and Technorati’s logo are still stuck in my front page’s sidebar.

I’ll give Technorati a few days to clear its cache (or its head). If there’s still junk in my sidebar come Monday, then it’s adios, Technorati.

[tags]technorati, widgets, opt-in, opt-out, blogs, blogging, blogosphere[/tags]

Filed under: Blogs and Blogging, industry, technorati, widgets, work

26 Responses to “Adios, Technorati?”

  1. Gordon Mackay said on

    Arghh, 3rd party content… I hate it… apart from Adsense which = money.

    This is why I love API’s… grab the data from 3rd party (because all I want is the freaking data), manipulate and display as you wish.

  2. Malarkey said on

    Jeffrey, I used to have the Technorati Watchlist along site Flickr and Twitter and my morning cuppa. I even forgot about Analytics for a bit. But Technorati seems to be broken beyond repair not that Tantek has left. I said “Ta Ra” to it saddened, but I haven’t looked back.

  3. Matt Round said on

    I simply removed the script immediately after claiming my blog; they don’t check it again, and I don’t want Technorati tracking my visitors.

  4. Malarkey said on

    (damn that iPhone keyboard. I meant to say “now that Tantek has left”)

  5. Ray McK said on

    I am most certainly NOT one of the cool hip kids on the block so please excuse my ignorance and lack of awareness about such things.

    WTF is Technorati all about anyway? Is it really worth it or is it just another “cool” app that tells me shit about how people are finding me and where they’re coming from and who is linking to me and other useless bits of interweb banality?

  6. Stuart Robertson said on

    I did the same as Matt — removed the script as soon as I claimed my blog.

  7. Ian Kallen said on

    We’ve been migrating from the old embeds to a more flexible widget framework, however the legacy embeds were supposed to remain unchanged. Apparently, that’s not the case here :) We’ll look into this and contact you directly.

  8. Jared Christensen said on

    I discovered the same issue last night. There’s actually a new “widget” code that you’re instructed to use in place of the old embed code. Once it’s in place, and you’ve turned off all the widget flair on the Technorati site, your display issues should be over.

    I don’t care what Technorati “intended” to happen, they shouldn’t be messing with this kind of code without notifying their users.

  9. Dustin Brewer said on

    Does that make it widget spam? hmm.

  10. Michael Clark said on

    I never even thought of leaving the claim code on the site after seeing that Technorati added the blog to my account. Why would you leave it there in the first place? Every piece of third party embedded content slows your site down.

  11. Matthew Griffin said on

    I’ve recently had several issues with Technorati. Technorati is a great service and I’ve been pleased with everything they’ve done up until very recently. I hope this isn’t a trend.

  12. John Lampard said on

    I have my “widget” set to invisible but occasionally, for no apparent reason, it becomes visible. I just login and reset to invisible. I hate widgets so if they tried to make it display permanently I’d probably remove it also :)

  13. Dustin Diaz said on

    It was only last week when I discovered WordPress has replaced their default link discovery partner from Technorati to Google Blog Search. If anyone uses WordPress, log into your Admin area and go to the Dashboard area. You’ll see your incoming links are powered by Google. Personally, I think that was a good move since Technorati really seems to be slacking lately. Nevertheless it was rather inevitable when you’re competing against search Giants.

  14. John Faulds said on

    It was only last week when I discovered WordPress has replaced their default link discovery partner from Technorati to Google Blog Search.

    I noticed that a while ago and wasn’t very happy about it. Google Blog Search only shows me about 5% of the blogs that actually link to my site.

  15. Mark W. said on

    I lost repsect for Technorati along time ago when they had “WTF” listed as an option in their menu. “WTF” just does not look professional. (After reading your post, I revisited their website and noticed that they had removed it.)

  16. David Sifry said on

    Sorry about that! I know the guys have been working on a bunch of technical scalability upgrades – Are you still experiencing problems?

    If so, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line directly – dsifry AT technorati DOT com…


  17. Neurotransmisores said on

    At the moment there is no better alternative than Technorati.

  18. paul said on

    well, that stinks to hear that. not a very good practice to just implement something without user knowledge or permission!

  19. christmas gifts said on

    They must have (obviously) been hoping more people would opt to have it on : like a namebrand thing or something. But most people probably prefer it off. So, to combat that, they just made the default ‘on’ and made it difficult for you to switch it off. So that, only people who know what they’re doing, will be able to switch it off while the rest of the public would leave them free advertising. Not good, not good. They really ought to be very clear about these sorts of things, and have a clear policy that they adhere to.

  20. oil painting from photo said on

    It’s a good thing that you noticed it. Only few people notice this scheme of Technorati. I guess this is one reason why Technorati nowadays isn’t one of the most sought-after Web 2.0 site.

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