Yes I’ve bitched about Technorati, but as with most customer complaints it’s because I care, I want them to do better. Kind of like the report card I used to get at school “karl could do much better if he just applied himself”, I feel the same way about Technorati. After writing my article about Technorati I started coming across others in similar veins, Read/WriteWeb’s was particularly insightful and poignant. Now some people think it’s over and google has won, but I don’t believe the market is that small, and I think there are enough bloggers out there that want and need a service like Technorati, so I thought it appropriate to try and start a meme that goes beyond the usual minutae of 7 random things about you, and focused on what Technorati could do right, and what would you pay for.
A couple of people have raised the $20+ per year pro-account model that Flickr uses, so what would you like to see in a Technorati Pro-Account?
Here are mine:
- Merging domain names of claimed blogs, I’m sick of having two scores for experiencecurve.com and blog.experiencecurve.com and i’m sure any wordpress and typepad folks would appreciate that one
- A more meaningful multi-metric “authority” measure, who cares how many linked in the last 6 months, all that measures is link baiting
- Real blog categorization and vertical blog scoreboards, Boing Boing is not in the same ball park as TechCrunch, or Web-Strategist, or Marketing Profs Daily fix, so lets move on from the top 10K
- If I have a pro account my blog should get priority indexing
- Track comments as well as trackbacks
- Take the lead in establishing engagement metrics
- Help people build “top ten blog” lists save everyone reinventing it all the time
Those are my suggestions, so if you had a Pro-Technorati account what features would you like to see? If you do respond to this post use the tag “save-technorati”. So i’ll just tag a few instigators and see if this has any legs, how about it David Armano, Joseph Jaffe, Robert Scoble, Hugh MacLeod, Greg Verdino, Danial Rivong, Rohit Bhargava, Mack Collier.