Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community
The A-List blogosphere has been remarkably quiet about this, and people keep quoting Technorati State of the Blogosphere figures uncritically, but Alan Levine is quite right to question the aggregator's credibility. I also do my own ego-surfing and have wondered about the mysterious changes in ranking, inconsistent numbers of links, and just plain weirdness (like jumping from "19 posts in the last 7 hours" to "19 posts in the last 5 days" as happened as I typed up this item, a span of about 5 minutes). Technorati is one of the few aggregator sites that does not depend on RSS (it reads the blog HTML pages, so it picks up blogrolls and other unrelated links) and has recently been suffering from blog spam.

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