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September 09, 2005

Is Technorati making deals to get data first?

Stephen Baker

Feedmesh. It's an agreement among blog search engines to share their information about new blogs and feeds. The idea: The battle isn't over the data, but over the services provided from it.

But in Tuesday's Wall Street Journal story about blog search engines, I read this:

Technorati, for instance, relies mostly on a mechanism called "pinging" to monitor blogs. Most bloggers maintain their journals through blog publishing services like Blogger or LiveJournal, which have features that can automatically send out a "ping" to notify search services when a user's blog has been updated. David Sifry, chief executive of Technorati, says his company gets an edge from exclusive deals in which some blog-hosting companies ping Technorati before anyone else. After receiving a heads-up, Technorati visits the blog and updates its database.

What goes? Do these exclusive deals undermine the Feedmesh scheme? Thanks for WSJ link, Eric.

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Tracked on September 9, 2005 11:51 AM

Actually, the story isn't behind a firewall. Try,,SB112605609071333521-YJ_zDNeKEGDupVAyFZ96e1xw8tY_20060907,00.html?mod=rss_free

Posted by: Eric Galloway at September 9, 2005 08:18 AM

Blogging platforms are typically pinging and (which are monitored by most search engines), and pingomatic (put together by Matt Mullenwag) is used by an increased number of publishing tools and platforms to aggregate pings: ping pingomatic that will in turn ping all search engines, managed feed service providers, aggregators, etc.

So I am not sure what sort of edge Technorati would have in that instance compared to other blog search engines.

What is clear is that a generic search engine (Yahoo, Google,...) that does not monitor pings will not grab the posts as they become available. However we can all see in our logs Googlebot and Slurp visiting once to a few times per day. Blog posts now get indexed pretty quickly.

Posted by: Jeff Clavier at September 9, 2005 01:13 PM

Speaking of Technorati, whatever became of the rumor last month that Technorati would be bought by a search engine "within a week"?

Posted by: Fritz at September 9, 2005 01:15 PM

Dave'll probably comment because he's ubiquitous, but when I have a choice of what order to ping blog indexing sites, I put Technorati first. I'm not a blog empire, just some small blogs, but I know that they're the traffic leader, so I'd rather they were first in the list.

There's no way from the Journal piece to know whether it's a "ping Technorati and wait five minutes" or "ping Technorati then Feedster then..." deal.

Posted by: Glenn Fleishman at September 9, 2005 01:29 PM

not everyone's making deals...?

Posted by: JamesR at September 9, 2005 04:54 PM

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