Calacanis is practically rubbing his hands with glee over Sifry's baby, once the icon of all things bloggy's demise.
Amazing how quickly the mighty have fallen. At a conference last year half the screen in the audience seemed to be on Technorati. Now, I do my canned technorati searches and I see nothing but items from a year ago and spam. Ugh.
and Kotke has some more thoughtful words on the issue.
While their search of the live web (the site's primary goal) has been desperately in need of a serious overhaul, Technorati has branched out into all sorts of PR-getting endeavors, including soundbiting the DNC on CNN, tags (careful, don't burn yourself on the hot buzzword), and all sorts of XML-ish stuff for developers. Which is all great, but get the fricking search working first! As Jason Fried says, better to build half a product than a half-assed product. I know it's a terrifically hard problem, but Figure. It. Out.
Did they lose focus as Jason says? Did they just get overwhelmed with spam? Or is it a case of stardust clouding thier vision?
What a shame - so when are you announcing the deal Yahoo?