Thanks for your thoughtful comments. First off, while I'm the founder of Technorati and was its CEO for its first 5 years, I'm not working there day-to-day anymore. This is a project that is completely outside of Technorati, doesn't have anyofficial relationship with Technorati, it just uses some feeds that Technorati produces to help track the blogosphere. It is an application built using Technorati (and also Twitter Scan, for now).
Technorati's got a team of people who do work there every day and who are focused on providing the best spam-free, easy-to-use blog search tool on the planet. It's hard work. And there's a team of very talented people who are working on it, full time.
But I'm not one of them anymore - so while there's lots of work to be done, I'm very happy with the new CEO and the team at Technorati.
Anyway, that's what's up. I know a lot of people still think of me with regards to the daily workings at Technorati, but times change, companies change, and people change. And I still go to board meetings and help out whenever the team needs me. :-)
By the way, just to clear up some misconceptions about hoosgot - It's not some grand new business scheme, it's a site I whipped up in a total of 48 hours or so of coding, to fill a need I wanted for myself. And a correction to your impression - you don't need to tag your posts or tweets - simply mention "hoosgot" or "lazyweb" in the content or title of your post/tweet and hoosgot should find it.
Thanks again for your thoughts and criticism, it's always appreciated.
David: Thanks for taking the time to comment.
Thanks for clearing up that Hoosgot is not affiliated with Technorati. You're right. Even though we know that you're not the CEO anymore, it's hard to separate you from Technorati.
In any case, good luck with the project and in light of the fact that you're on your own now, experiment away!
How *will* our children ever learn to spell? I still remember missing a 100 on a spelling test because of donut vs doughnut. Now "hoosgot" .....
It also strikes me that I must use the internet very very differently from other people as this is a service that I find very puzzling. Of course Facebook and Twitter seem strange to me too.
Vivi experimentation, though.
First, I have been a diligent user of Technorati tags for years. I manage about 30 assorted blogs and I always recommend to bloggers that they use them as well. Sometimes, they simply don't work. I have had items tagged with a unique tag and then found NOTHING in Technorati with that tag. (May have to do with authority.)
Second, regarding "spelling," there are several obvious potential reasons for the spelling "hoosgot." It's de rigeur in the Web 2.0 world to use deliberate misspellings, like Digg, Tumblr, Flickr. This is most likely driven by the dearth of good .com domains with real English words, these having either been snapped up by domain name speculators, or already owned by defunct Web 1.0 entities.
Okay, so unless I am horribly missing a major use of this, I think its hugely cool , think of how this can be used! A fast track down of most anything, with no laborious searching.
hoosgot means thoughts about technorati?
Oh, I have ... well ... "complaints", in the form of bug reports. (How come so many blogs on my list show "No updates" but I go there and find updates? Latency is one thing; bad data is quite different.)
And I have ... *cough* ... concerns about response time with Feedback and questions. (Hey, I'm used to DreamHost ... call me spoiled.)
But what bothers me most is that this gives rise to ... gawd, it's New Years, I don't even want to verbalize sad thoughts!)
Have time for it? Deff ... calls for a bit of clear thinking and /maybe/ even rewards same i.e. variants of lucidity will float up through the typical noise.
FWIW: After reading an item (yet another in an endless stream) on hoosgot.com
that was a wandering comment rather than an intentional query, I tweeted "@akbmcndo Did you mean "Who's got opinions about hosbot?" or "hoosgot opinions about this service?" Operationally different."
Now, fact is, I don't think @akbmcndo was aware/mindful<strike>/conscious</strike> when s/he<strike>it</strike> keyed the comment ... so likely my response will elicit some form of "WTF<strike>FTW</strike> reaction ... but such are the rewards of activity in the public domain, yes?
Play on, dsifry! This old WillowBear roars his assent.
p.s. tech? cognitive ergonomics? what's effective? sure would be nice to have a preview function ... can I expect 0 typos in such a long comment? I can, because I must, because I have no choice. Now, compare difficulty of a) post comment form on blog, and b) technorati. ^4? ^10?