Newsweek To Use Technorati Tags

In a few weeks, Newsweek articles will come with links to relevant weblogs, allowing Newsweek readers the chance to see what else is being talked about on the topic at hand.

The feature will use Technorati tags to provide relevant links. For the uninitiated, Technorati is the leading weblog tracker (if I’m not mistaken they’re tracking over 11 million blogs).

This is a cool and I hope more media outlets will use this. I know a lot of blogs that provide links to Technorati for links to other discussions.

My main concern is the relevancy of links. Take this search for the keywords “amazing race”. Only 5 of the 20 links in the search results actually relate to the tv show, The Amazing Race.

Far better is the use of Technorati Tags. A search for ““>tag: amazing+race” brings up a great deal of relevant discussions about the show.

But what’s to stop certain people from linking back to particular Technorati tags even if their content is totally irrelevant.

First it was e-mail, than comments and trackbacks. How long before we have tag spam?

Hat tip: Blog Herald

Happy Birthday Fanlistings

The Fanlistings turns 5 this June and I’m happy to be part of the obsession.

Like the name suggests, Fanlistings are sites where fans can unite about a particular subject: actors, movies, music, the list (pardon is the pun) is endless. Pia and I are part of the madness with our fanlisting collective, Too-Manic (aptly named!) which now has 120+ fanlistings in two or so years. Our first fanlistings were for Tolkien Illustrator, John Howe and children’s author, Enid Blyton.

The general content of a fanlisting is the information about the subject, a join page, buttons for people to display on their site, though a growing number of fanlistings have turned into shrines.

Tempest in a Teacup

Chris Pirillo changes from full text RSS feeds to partial text. No biggie right?

Robert Scoble complains by unsubscribing saying, Pirillo answers back and the comm ents from the two bring up a myriad of valid and stupid points.

From “your writing is so immature” (so why subscribe in the first place) to “your summary doesn’t tell me what your post is about” (a very good point), highlights how commercial blogging has become. We have numerous blogs about blogging, probloggers will have to start treating readers as customers and as you know “the customer is always right”.

In any case, Darren Rowes has an interesting take on this and I think he’s hit the nail on the head