WTF is Technorati up to?

WTF is Technorati up to?

Summary: Blog search engine Technorati has launched a new feature called "Where's The Fire?" that allows users to write explanations of topics or search terms that are floating around the blogosphere. The Technorati community can then vote on the best submissions (ala Digg), which will then appear alongside search results and the top searches list.

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Blog search engine Technorati has launched a new feature called "Where's The Fire?" that allows users to write explanations of topics or search terms that are floating around the blogosphere. The Technorati community can then vote on the best submissions (ala Digg), which will appear alongside search results and the top searches list.

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Obviously, like Digg itself, the submission process is open to spam, which Technorati hopes the voting system will help weed out. Having only just launched, the network effects haven't kicked in and the WTF for the term Barack Obama, for example, just points to somebody's blog post and isn't particularly useful. Technorati themselves acknowledge the risk:

Here at Technorati HQ, we know that we're taking a pretty risky step - we're putting our highest-value real estate - the topmost search result - in the hands of our community. This is a big social experiment to see if people will work together to help create something great and useful, and will use the voting system to push up the best explanations to the top.

 

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  • Clever title....caught my eye at least.

    Pagan jim
    Laff
  • SHAME ON YOU AND ZDNET!!!!

    Foul language even by abbreviation is unnecessary and insulting. ZDNET should remove your "story" and reprimand you.
    scoobydoozie
    • Where The Fire?

      According to Technorati, WTF = Where's The Fire. Not sure what you meant :)
      Steve O'Hear
      • No offence meant

        If the headline offended anybody, I apologise.
        Steve O'Hear
        • I for one was not offended merely amused.

          I would have been amused even "IF" the article was not about "Where's The Fire"
          probably more so:)

          Pagan jim
          Laff
        • I have to agree with scobbyj Steve.

          Your title is a blatant misuse to get more attention. Perhaps you should concentrate on writing good articles and not shocking headlines. Everyone knows (subliminally at least) what the acronym WTF means and a publication that wants to continue to garner more readers should never, EVER put up with this title. I wish you would be reprimanded, but alas, it was probably ZDNet that came up with the title to up your minimal page hits.

          Like I said, become a better writer, not a more shocking one, unless you plan on working for the Star or Globe or other trash mag.
          nomorems
          • Please accept my apology

            I did hesitate before running with that title, as I didn't want it to cause offence or
            be too misleading. It was more of a play on Technorati's own attempt to garner
            attention for their new service -- I just couldn't resist. They called their new
            service WTF, knowing full well what it means to most people. My point was to
            highlight that.

            In retrospect, it obviously has offended some people and detracted from my post,
            for others. Both of which are bad.

            So again, sorry for the offence -- and I hope you'll still check out this blog. I'm
            only just into my fourth month here.

            Thanks for the feedback,

            - Steve
            Steve O'Hear
          • childishness

            Steve,

            Don't listen to the nervous nellies as you haven't a thing to apologize for. The English language *is* a natural, evolving thing, as we all well know.

            It is a truth that, as the song goes, "sometimes words have two meanings", and this applies even more so in the world of Acronyms and Initialisms. These things can and *do* have more than one meaning, which is why the rule of thumb is to always define the acronym upon first usage in any document. This rule is NOT applicable to headlines, and was excused in your article.

            The fact that their minds are fixated on naughty words, says more of themselves and a lack of understanding context, then of you or ZDNet.

            You wrote a clever and informative piece that grabbed the reader's attention with a zinger of headline that forces one to READ THE STORY and see what's happening.

            Cheers!
            iggy186
          • Thanks

            Thanks for the support!
            Steve O'Hear