Thanks Dave and Dave for a great tech love story

Dave Winer tells the story of Dave Jacobs who survived a horrid disease, only to go on to make software that helps other people survive it too. It’s a great tech love story for Valentines eve.

Speaking of love. Hope you’re cuddling with your loved ones. Maryam and I are taking the rest of the evening off!

I have no idea how I’m going to tell her just how great she is. One way is by turning the computer off. See ya tomorrow!

I was wrong about “NoFollow”

I was a supporter of the nofollow link, which told search engines not to count that link in their popularity ranking algorithms.

But, after seeing Loren Baker’s post about how lame nofollow is, I find I’m changing my mind.

I’m very concerned, for instance, about Wikipedia’s use of nofollow. More and more of my friends say they now go to Wikipedia to search first before going to Google. Imagine a world where Wikipedia could lock Google out of key information. Wouldn’t it be ironic that something that Google invented could actually be used against it?

That said, I don’t go for the point that comment links should be judged by search engines the same as links in a blog. That sounds really elitist, I know, but I’m seeing all sorts of gaming going on in comments and it’s a lot easier to build authoritative Webs in blogs than in comments.

Wii Fighting

Over on GETV it’s Wii Fight Night. Irina is getting a little too excited about beating that “Ask a Ninja” guy (Kent Nichols).

Oh, this is why I enjoyed being over in Geneva last week. No one asked me to get up on stage and prove my Wiinadequacies. Fun to watch blog celebrities duke it out (Valleywag and Engadget writers were up there, among others).

Technorati developer moves to Google Blog search

I was just over at Don Park’s blog and saw that Kevin Marks, a familiar face to those of us in the tech blogging world, has left Technorati and gone to Google to work on blog search.

Of course, this offers another opportunity to study blog search. Here’s Technorati’s search of who is linking to Kevin’s blog post about the event. Here’s Google’s blog search of same.

I wish Technorati well. I like Dave Sifry and Tantek Celik a lot. But, they have a huge technological (and marketing) challenge ahead of them. If the big company’s stuff is better than the small company’s stuff, then why do we need the small company’s stuff again? Technorati used to be the best blog search engine by a long shot, but now I’m finding I’m using Google Blog Search more and more.

UPDATE: WinExtra has a great line: “Does the A-list exist if the Technorati 100 disappears?”

The downside of community spam deletion

Andy Beard has an interesting article about Akismet’s spam deletion service (I use it here — if I didn’t, you’d have thousands of pieces of spam get through to my comment area every day).

I have noticed that the numbers of false positives (comments of yours getting deleted) are going up. But I’ve been going through and adding those back in.

If you notice your comments are getting deleted here, please email me so I can see if they were deleted by the spam filter (I very rarely delete comments).