Technorati vs. Feedster

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Posted on August 14, 2004 8:30 PM in Blogging
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Has anyone out there actually figured out what Technorati is or how you use it? I've gone back a few times hoping that I'd finally "get it." It hasn't happened yet. I've heard about Technorati at several places across the Web, and if I'm not mistaken they're getting a lot of interest from investors and the like. However, until I can figure out what they do, I plan on sticking with Feedster.

Why am I sticking with Feedster? Quick and dirty comparison. Let's say I'm interested in seeing who's blogging about Pearl Jam. If I type "Pearl Jam" in Technorati's search field, I get a list of search results back from the past 7 days (75 results, to be exact). The first five results point to the same site, and as far as I can tell the same exact content. Because I'm a smart enough Web user to know the difference between the validity of someone writing in their Blogger blog and someone writing an article in The Seattle Times (yes, they have blogs too, sorta), it is important to me to be able to tell from my search results which sources are probably valid (or conversely, off-the-wall, depending on the mood I'm in). Technorati's search results tell me nothing about the source until I hover over a link and check out the URL for myself.

Then there's Feedster. I type in "Pearl Jam" and I'm immediately presented with over 10,000 results listed in descending chronological order. It only takes a few seconds for me to realize that the icons next to each result actually mean something and can provide instant visual clues as to what sort of validity the corresponding link holds. For instance, the big pencil tells me the link points to someone's LiveJournal, and the big easily recognizable "B" points to someone's blog at Blogger. On top of all this, Feedster has done a great job of making their interface work (and feel) a lot like Google's, so that newcomers can very quickly identify with the site and how it works.

I'm not saying I won't give Technorati another chance. I'm pretty sure if I knew how to use it and why people use it, I could be a convert. For now, though, I'll stick with the feed search engine that doesn't make me think.

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