Technorati saves Maryam’s day

Google didn’t help Maryam (my wife). MSN Search didn’t help. What did?

Technorati!

What happened? Maryam desperately wanted to see one of her favorite authors but the show was sold out. She tried all the usual tricks, but finally she found someone with tickets on Technorati.

Along these lines, lots of people have been telling me their skepticism of Edgeio, which is a service that lets you sell things right from your blog. “Sounds like a recipe for spam,” one guy told me today when we were talking at lunch.

But Maryam’s experience is exactly why I’m interested in Edgeio’s potential.

Hey, MSN, when are we gonna get blog search of our own?

18 thoughts on “Technorati saves Maryam’s day

  1. Robert, are you just trying to draw attention to Technorati since someone hasn’t bought them yet…?

    Jachin, nobody needs “yet another blog search engine”. In fact, nobody needs yet another .%*, but almost everyone needs a BETTER & SIMPLER .%*. I see little reason to switch from using Outlook, but I’d gladly move everything to a better organizational program/tool that I didn’t have to learn along the way.

    Software/web 2.0 companies need to be about better tools that simplify/improve/speed something without requiring us to change much, (ideally) anything, that we’re already doing. I think that WAS the whole idea behind Office, and why it may be the most widely used app ever.

  2. Robert, are you just trying to draw attention to Technorati since someone hasn’t bought them yet…?

    Jachin, nobody needs “yet another blog search engine”. In fact, nobody needs yet another .%*, but almost everyone needs a BETTER & SIMPLER .%*. I see little reason to switch from using Outlook, but I’d gladly move everything to a better organizational program/tool that I didn’t have to learn along the way.

    Software/web 2.0 companies need to be about better tools that simplify/improve/speed something without requiring us to change much, (ideally) anything, that we’re already doing. I think that WAS the whole idea behind Office, and why it may be the most widely used app ever.

  3. Microsoft has blogsearch coming – no secret there. When? Now that is another matter. Its on the roadmap.

    As for Edgeio take a close look at the recent Microsoft Expo. Place a new listing and then you will see an option to add to your MSN Space. Similar to Edgeio but not quite the same. There are too many bits missing right now, payments being the top of the list but it is looking to achieve the same result.

    Microsoft is building its own version of the web 2.0 favourite apps. Delicious, Flickr, Technorati, Skype, MySpace, OPML, etc are all being produced under the Windows Live Platform.

    Microsoft reminds me of the fable of the tortoise and the hare. Microsoft being the tortoise and most other companies the hare. But eventually – often version 3.0 – they get there!

    Windows Live 1.0 and the related platform services will not be 1 on 1 better than the individual services they compete with. i.e Google v MSN search, Spaces v Typepad/MySpace, Messenger VoiP v Skype, Expo v Ebay/GoogleBase/Edgeio etc. In every case the non-microsoft product will be best of breed right now but like Microsoft Office “the whole will be greater than the sum of the parts”.

    The Windows Live integration of the individual services will be better than indivdual apps trying to work together. Version 2.0 of Win Live in 2007 will get close to feature and function parity and version 3.0 in 2008 will be the online service suite that should begin to claw back market share from the hares!

    Anyone noticed Google is already beginning to slow with further poor financial results being announced yesterday. Yet Microsoft just announced another record quarter and will do so consistently for the next few years. Technology is great but as the finacila whizzkids say “show me the money!” and Google “the single ad-sense revenue pony” is sadly struggling just like Netscape did in web 1.0 before.

  4. Microsoft has blogsearch coming – no secret there. When? Now that is another matter. Its on the roadmap.

    As for Edgeio take a close look at the recent Microsoft Expo. Place a new listing and then you will see an option to add to your MSN Space. Similar to Edgeio but not quite the same. There are too many bits missing right now, payments being the top of the list but it is looking to achieve the same result.

    Microsoft is building its own version of the web 2.0 favourite apps. Delicious, Flickr, Technorati, Skype, MySpace, OPML, etc are all being produced under the Windows Live Platform.

    Microsoft reminds me of the fable of the tortoise and the hare. Microsoft being the tortoise and most other companies the hare. But eventually – often version 3.0 – they get there!

    Windows Live 1.0 and the related platform services will not be 1 on 1 better than the individual services they compete with. i.e Google v MSN search, Spaces v Typepad/MySpace, Messenger VoiP v Skype, Expo v Ebay/GoogleBase/Edgeio etc. In every case the non-microsoft product will be best of breed right now but like Microsoft Office “the whole will be greater than the sum of the parts”.

    The Windows Live integration of the individual services will be better than indivdual apps trying to work together. Version 2.0 of Win Live in 2007 will get close to feature and function parity and version 3.0 in 2008 will be the online service suite that should begin to claw back market share from the hares!

    Anyone noticed Google is already beginning to slow with further poor financial results being announced yesterday. Yet Microsoft just announced another record quarter and will do so consistently for the next few years. Technology is great but as the finacila whizzkids say “show me the money!” and Google “the single ad-sense revenue pony” is sadly struggling just like Netscape did in web 1.0 before.

  5. Trouble with technorati is it always seems sooo slooowww. They need to uprate their infrastructure. Google on the other hand is lightening fast.

  6. Trouble with technorati is it always seems sooo slooowww. They need to uprate their infrastructure. Google on the other hand is lightening fast.

  7. First what is with the name Edgeio? eBay & PayPal have a very good brand and I am sure the fact that their names are straight forward & catchy helped them to achieve that but Edgeio? How are you even supposed to pronouce it? Is it some made up word? Edge Input Output? A similar thing goes for Memeorandum, I had seen people talking about it so I went to visit it one day when I was bored and naturally thought the site was Memorandum and not Memeorandum so it took some Googling to work out the right name.

    Now as for this actual case tell me did Maryam search blogsearch.google.com or just plain Google? I’m sure it was the latter and you will come back with but “she shouldn’t have to” but tell me can one search the web at large with Technorati as well or just the blogosphere?

    People could have blogged about tickets they had on sales through any medium, Edgeio didn’t really have anything to do with it. If I’m looking for tickets to a sold out event I look on eBay along with millions of others so why should sellers extremely limit their potential market just by marketing to edge cases like yourself (and Maryam by extension) in the blogosphere?

  8. First what is with the name Edgeio? eBay & PayPal have a very good brand and I am sure the fact that their names are straight forward & catchy helped them to achieve that but Edgeio? How are you even supposed to pronouce it? Is it some made up word? Edge Input Output? A similar thing goes for Memeorandum, I had seen people talking about it so I went to visit it one day when I was bored and naturally thought the site was Memorandum and not Memeorandum so it took some Googling to work out the right name.

    Now as for this actual case tell me did Maryam search blogsearch.google.com or just plain Google? I’m sure it was the latter and you will come back with but “she shouldn’t have to” but tell me can one search the web at large with Technorati as well or just the blogosphere?

    People could have blogged about tickets they had on sales through any medium, Edgeio didn’t really have anything to do with it. If I’m looking for tickets to a sold out event I look on eBay along with millions of others so why should sellers extremely limit their potential market just by marketing to edge cases like yourself (and Maryam by extension) in the blogosphere?

  9. The last sentence of your post captures something of what is wrong with Microsoft’s approach to the internet. Why in the name of goodness does the internet community need yet another blog search engine?

    Your wife has been well served by an existing one. What’s missing? Where are the existing blog search engines failing to serve you?

    Please don’t take this as a personal affront… it’s just that I can’t understand the thinking behind that last sentence :)

  10. The last sentence of your post captures something of what is wrong with Microsoft’s approach to the internet. Why in the name of goodness does the internet community need yet another blog search engine?

    Your wife has been well served by an existing one. What’s missing? Where are the existing blog search engines failing to serve you?

    Please don’t take this as a personal affront… it’s just that I can’t understand the thinking behind that last sentence :)

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  12. Innocent: and increasingly that market will be right on the blog. That’s where I hang out all day long. Why do I need to go someplace else again?

  13. I dunno, when I looked at it, edgeio looked like a newly installed CraigsList with no content.

    Not so exciting. If I wanna sell something, I’ll go to the market that wants to buy.

  14. I dunno, when I looked at it, edgeio looked like a newly installed CraigsList with no content.

    Not so exciting. If I wanna sell something, I’ll go to the market that wants to buy.

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