Finding obscure great bloggers and mashup
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.