July 8, 2005

Technorati Falling

I like Techorati and I suppose that someday it might be useful again. Perhaps after everyone else stops using it because of persistently receiving error messages like:

The requested URL could not be retrieved

While trying to retrieve the URL: http://www.technorati.com/search/real url removed/

The following error was encountered:

* Zero Sized Reply

Squid did not receive any data for this request.

Your cache administrator is noc@technorati.com.
Generated Fri, 08 Jul 2005 21:10:30 GMT by www.technorati.com (squid/2.5.STABLE7)

Or the frequent "We are experiencing a heavy load please try again later" messages, the reported links randomly changing from query to query, or it not showing all of your recent links, taking forever to get to the 2nd page of links and ....

I really do like Technorati...

Posted by Steve on July 8, 2005

No kidding. Come on Technorati folks, you're better than this. We can't search the world live web with a smushed squid.

Posted by JM at July 8, 2005 4:19 PM

You get to the second page? I get an error message afer what seems an eternity, every time, every browser. And the first page has been cut down to just a few links. Not very useful.

Posted by mog at July 8, 2005 6:01 PM

Note that "taking forever" doesn't imply ever arriving....:)

Posted by Steve at July 8, 2005 9:05 PM

It actually seemed to be working like it used to just an hour or so ago. But it's been a long haul up to that point.

Posted by Jaquandor at July 9, 2005 9:42 AM

I had one good experience late last night.

A few minutes ago it brought the info for Modulator up in just a few seconds (ignore the fact that the links/site information hasn't changed in 3-4 weeks).

When I clicked on the link to see the rest of the linking sites....just like magic,...the same message quoted in the main post.

Posted by Steve at July 9, 2005 10:17 AM

I usually get a message on the second page that there are no more links.

Is there any viable alternative to Technorati?

Posted by Allan at July 9, 2005 4:37 PM

Well, I retract my earlier comment. It's back to not working worth a damn. Jeez.

Posted by Jaquandor at July 10, 2005 1:22 PM

For whatever reason, Technorati doesn't even index my posts anymore - not by text string *or* by tags / categories. Also, whenever I do a search on my URL, all I get is (after a 1 minute wait) the Zero Sized Reply crap.

Their service is quickly becoming junk.

Posted by Josh at July 12, 2005 6:55 AM

Technorati was losing it even before the conversion to their new format, but now I don't even bother using them. Few results (if any) and getting to Page 2 and onward is impossible. Search by authority? Fahgeddaboudit.

Unfortunately, the "old" Technorati was the best blog link indexer around...now I'm back to checking referrer stats.

I hope they fix it. I sent 'em an e-mail, griping, but who knows if they actually read those things?

Posted by Elisson at July 14, 2005 7:06 AM
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