Technorati Redesigns, Data Quality Still An Issue

Technorati redesigned this week. Many people had opinions. Actually, I don’t really have an opinion on the redesign. I thought it looked okay before, I think it looks fine now. It’s not a site that I care much about prettiness anyway. What I do care about is the quality and accuracy of the data.

Case in point.

I just realised this week that I am in Technorati’s database twice. One for the usabilityworks.typepad.com and one for usabilityworks.typepad.com/uwdotorg. Both go to the same site. Is this a Typepad issue, or a Technorati issue? I am not sure. But I am experiencing the issue via technorati.com, so my perception is coloured by them.

First up is how Technorati viewed usabilityworks.typepad.com:

I’ve highlighted parts of each view of my site that differ. Below is how Technorati viewed usabilityworks.typepad.com/uwdotorg:

I wish there was a way to combine the two instances of me. But then, would the data still be accurate? I essentially use Technorati to see who linked to something I wrote. I don’t care if I am in the top 100 or 100,000.

In the three years of its existence, Technorati has been getting better and better. I believe they will continue to work on their services and hopefully continue to provide value. But in the end, regardless of nice colour schemes and knowing what Wil Wheaton is reading these days, finding up-to-date and accurate data is very important.

Have you been missing anything on Technorati? Ever even thought there was something to miss?

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One Response to “Technorati Redesigns, Data Quality Still An Issue”

  1. Dan Rubin Says:

    Good timing, Matthew: I was just on Technorati (a site I’ve used perhaps 10 times in the last year, but am slowly becoming more interested in), and it turns out that since people are still linking to the “.com” version of my domain (which I used a long time ago, but is still active for what I thought were old links), I have two blogs. But they are the same. But there’s no way to combine them in Technorati :/

    What they need is an ability to specify more than one domain name for a blog, which would be terribly handy in both our cases. Or I could just start hunting down those folks who link to “.com” and use a pair of tweezers, a lighter and some grape jam to convince them to change to “.org”… Bryan, Jeremy, this means you.