WSJ.com - New Search Engines Help Users Find Blogs
[aka "the article for which I was interviewed
First (and this is a serious pet peeve of mine): I am not a web designer. No way, no how. I am the Technical Director at my company
; I make things "go." We have a creative director who makes things pretty; together we make things usable. Although it is true that I am the CSS person (when that is something we are able to implement for clients, don't get me started on why we sometimes cannot), I get an already-designed JPG of what the thing should look like and I go off and CSS-ize it. I am an application developer, database designer/developer/administrator, I make static sites dynamic whenever and however possible, but I am not a web designer
. That's a whole other job description, and it isn't mine. But I am
31 and I do live in San Jose. But anyway...
Here's the link to the WSJ article
about "blog search engines," in which my quote is something along the lines of "feel the buzz." I swear
I said more relevant things. The woman who wrote the article called me up out of the blue based on this post
in which I said I use Technorati "to find current discussions about timely subjects relevant to web design." It's true, I do. But the context of that post was how I was asked to provide a list of links for the newsletter at the school where I teach
—a design school.
I spent almost two hours on the phone with the article author (over a few calls) giving her the rundown of how I use Technorati vs a traditional search engine, as well as why I use Technorati versus some of the other ones mentioned in the article. The distilling of the conversation was accurate ("You can watch the buzz happen."), but dammit I'm not a designer! Ok, I'll get over that, really.
Niall Kennedy called the article It is a pretty good overview of the industry and the various search services that will introduce people to the concept of searching for information as it happens"
just what it is. I hope that it gives people a reason to try out the various searching services, and helps people realize the importance of utilizing a pinging mechanism after publishing their posts (here's one!
I don't get into the "Technorati sucks!"/"shut up you
suck!" matches because I don't have the time and it's like arguing about politics...except with blog search engines you have more viable alternatives and their actions don't typically result in death. But I digress. Here are some of the things I've written about Technorati:
- technorati's blog finder
- molly talked to the Technorati folks and I dig what they had to say
- let's talk about Technorati tags
Additionally, Technorati is discussed in Chapter 8, "RSS, Indicies, and Folksonomies" of my upcoming Blogger book
technorati tags: technorati, blogging services, search