Happy Birthday Dave
Technorati turns 3 and rolls out a major update. Here's a screencast. The redesign is dramatic, and it shows the influence MySpace is having on the blogosphere. From Dave Sifry's blog:
While we got a lot of positive feedback from bloggers about the core Technorati service, we were increasingly hearing that we weren’t being of equal service to folks who are new to the live web. And because our mantra is to be of service – we set about renovating the Technorati site to make it easier to use for all people, whether they regularly create stuff on the web or not.In other words, Dave and his team are focusing on the general internet population and not just the 56K folks who subscribe to TechCrunch. A good business move, but perhaps a bit unfortunate for those of us who were here from the start, given that priorities (and thus resources) are shifting.
Niall Kennedy sums it up nicely:
The MySpace demographic is now makes up 30% or more of Technorati's user base and the new site design seems to be aimed at a younger crowd with its candy colors and increased use of icons and small images.One thing being praised by most folks is the new design of the Discover section.
Of course, there are a few detractors. Paul Stamatiou thinks that "the frontpage is a rainbow. I thought I accidentally landed on http://skittles.com." Ya know, he's got a point there. How about "Taste the inbound links" as a new slogan? Nah. That wouldn't work.
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Monday, July 24, 2006