Watch Your Back Technorati?
Valleywag of all places has an interesting explanation of where Technorati is getting traffic from. Yes, from Google, but even for terms “Wikipedia”. That’s because of all those Technorati tags thousands upon thousands of bloggers add to the bottom of there posts each increase Technorati’s ranking for those keywords. It’s also why many more experienced bloggers stopped adding Technorati tags. (My own blogs never suffered as a result of doing so – that’s for different reasons.) So when you type in some terms in Google, and possibly in other search engines, Technorati ranks very high. Though as Valleywag says, probably not for long.
The other day I complained that Twitter is not very robust, and that I find Jaiku better. Well 30Boxes has created a Firefox plugin called Power Twitter that lets you beef up what you can do with Twitter, including photosharing with Flickr, adding video, and a tie-in 30Boxes information for members. [via GigaOm] In related news, Valleywag has a snarky, humorous look at how non-revolutionary Twitter is, in the form of a diagram showing the history of blogging.
MySay: Audio Alternative To Twitter?
I’m not sure I agree with this, but Mashable describes MySay as a sort of Twitter for talkers. You record audio snippets and post them via phone. Friends can listen online or subscribe via phone. So it’s great for reaching a group of friends easily, if they know to subscribe to your MySay stream. As far as I can tell, however, you cannot post from a web browser, but you can embed players on a variety of web pages (social networks, blogs).
Still, this actually could be a fun, even useful tool. Remember “Deep Thoughts with Jack Handey”, a skit on Saturday Night Live a few years back (during David Spade’s time, I believe)? There are several possibilities: positive thoughts, short jokes, mini-sermons. The only drawback is that you have to call a long-distance number to record your snippets.