As I continue playing with the small application that I’m writing for monitoring positive shifts in bloggers’ Technorati rank I realized that I’m actually finding bloggers writing about almost everything. The only common thing I could find so far is that they are just consistently great.
The tool scans and builds historical data for over 700 blogs so far. I build this growing blogs’ URL list using my favorites (i.e. humanly picked in multiple social ways) and the crawling algorithm I previously explained in this post.
I won’t get into the operation details (and there are plenty of details) but I mange to get a lot done not exceeding the 500 API calls daily Technorati limitation.
I output the result to BlogMon Twitter user for now so please, you are invited to be a follower.
Example of outputs:
Short-term pattern: http://wpthemesplugin.com, rank gain: 18.10 %, since: 4/12/2008, Top Tags: “wordpress”, “themes”
Long-term pattern: http://mediaphyter.wordpress.com, rank gain: 76.10 %, since: 2/1/2008, Top Tags: “Social Media”, “Security”
As you can see I log the URL, the rank gain, since when, and the top two tags to give you an idea what this blog is all about. I found that in most cases this is good enough. Do you?
Why am I doing this?
- First, it keeps me engaged with the mashup opportunities and there are lots of those available today .
- Second, I enjoy doing it.
- Finally, you may find it useful in some way – you can leave a comment on these blogs and maybe get some traffic to your website/blog. I will be happy to hear if you did.
I may be tempted to mashup more web data sources/services in the future or explore discrepancies between Alexa data and Technorati rank .
I’m also using a great early stage service developed by Microsoft called Popfly to build and deploy a small (too small and simple at this time) application to my Facebook profile called BlogTwitt. BlogTwitt will show the recently posted updates to the BlogMon Twitter user I use for outputting the daily findings from the application I’m working on.
At this point I could not share this application – I don’t know why so I left a message on the Popfly Facebook wall. As of this time I got no answer. I do appreciate what that they are trying to do, saving me the time learning/working with the Facebook API.
I think that I will write soon a post about the Popfly and the challenges writing a good mashup. I do encourage people that are just starting their mashup thought process to look at this tool and also at Yahoo pipes (fantastic interface) to play, understand, get ideas and brain-storm with the numerous available web services (API) out there. This is like working in a software solution architect group for a company that offers multiple products and findings new way to increase the value of the existing modules by symbiotically integrating them to new offerings.
Finally I don’t think that this is Software plus Service like Microsoft tries to sell it I see it as Service plus Service (the service is build of software, da). Maybe Service X N.
As always, I would love to hear your thoughts so please use the comment section.
Update: I forgot to mention that what that I like about using Twitter vs. my blog to post results is that it does not add to the blog reactions count. So, it goes under Technorati radar and does not impact the Rank (avoiding the Observer Effect). That may change one day when they will realize that Twitter’s twitt with blog’s URL is actually a blog reaction.
It seems like the world of web site in alpha and beta phase is booming. Invites, private or public, spreads all over the web-sphere, help getting new online service a try prior to going live, .
I’m looking for a web site that shows what products are now in alpha or beta phase. A place where you can see what service opens its product for the small or large crowd. If you know about this kind of service please let me know in the comment below. In the meantime let me fantasize how it should work.
Every start-up that is working towards releasing a limited or general availability of his product and like to get people involved in testing, providing feedback and suggestions should fill up a small registration form on this web site.
The information should include:
- The name of the service
- The company information
- The URL
- A short description of the service (try to fit it to a listed category or create a new one)
- The development cycle phase: alpha, beta, limited availability (e.g. for only English language support)
- The method: private (#of invites) or public
- Phase starting date
- Estimated phase end date
- Any other relevant information (open text section)
The service should provide the company with login to be able to update the development status.
This site will list all the companies and their product information
This site should allow search
This site should allow ordering the products under testing by date
The site could aggregate blog posts and news relevant to the company and product (if you choose to drill down).
Now in the spirit of everything social (aka Web2.0):
- People can rank, and comment on a specific product
- Subscribers can offer their service as alpha and or beta testers to available products in a chosen category (they can get alerts from the web site that something in their domain of interest/expertise just listed) .
- The company can invite its devoted testers to celebrate the launce
- The company can rank different testers based on their feedback, bugs, creative suggestions
- And like any good web2.0 service why don’t invite/follow your testers friends or the actual entrepreneurs to share something
The site can follow up with some success story and news (RSS feed, newsletter).
What is the value that this kind of service provide? To whom?
- VCs – some visibility into their current or future investments
- The start-up – visibility and access to experienced resources that can help improve a premature service
- The tester – finally someone can see who we are:)
- Business development – visibility for opportunities to join forces and integration
- positive: convincing someone to join a start-up that is making good progress
- negative: picking fallout
- Job seekers – knowing what company is looking for employees and some information about the place you’re may end up at.
- TechCrunch – it may save Michael Arrington some cycles and allow him to rest a little bit:)
I did a very quick search and all I could find is this site. Again, if you know about a place tracking this kind of information in an organized way please let me know.
Even if you don’t I would like to hear your thoughts? Do you agree with me here? Do you see a need?