Now, this is what I’ve always wanted. I’m feeling kind of unhappy with myself; time after time, Dave Sifry has showed me some new frippery they’re rolling out at Technorati and I’ve said “Yeah, that’s kind of cool, maybe you could twiddle X” even though it didn’t turn my personal crank that much. My problem has been that I was assuming that the way I want to use Technorati is unusual. I use it for vanity feeds of course, but the when I go to the site, I only ever want to ask two questions: “What are they saying about <insert recent event>?” and “Where was that article I saw recently about <insert subject>?” The new, very Google-flavored search.technorati.com does those things, and that’s all it does. Plus, it seems a whole lot faster.
Mind you, Technorati is making a dual-track bet. The main front page has even more fripperies, that I’m assuming are what some proportion of the population want. But check out the results of searches for “Vancouver” from the front page and the new search page.
Here’s Dave Sifry’s write-up.
[Disclosure: I have a conflict of interest as regards Technorati.]