Major Technorati Update

Technorati just released a new interface to the site. They haven’t just made changes to the appearance of the site however.

First, in addition to a simpler and brighter design, we’ve continued to improve our core search technologies that index new information within minutes of being posted to the Web. We listened hard to your feedback – and redesigned the search results pages to include much less intrusive (and well-marked) ads, more results above the fold, and better sorting options – including sorting by language, authority, and freshness. If you’re confused, you can get a deeper explanation of keyword results and of URL results. In addition, our link-counting mechanisms have also been dramatically improved. If you’re a blogger, you should notice that your blog is being counted much more regularly, and that your rankings and authority information is much more accurate and up-to-date.

More regular counting of inbound links is awesome! Ranking and authority updates are nice too, I never put too much weight in those numbers as they never changed very often (maybe that’s good?). They’re also trying to make it easier to discover new content, via their Discover section.

These upgrades look really great overall. They just underwent a redesign not too long ago (back in June of 2005). Wonder what we can expect next year?

Mashable has screenshots of the old Technorati versus the new Technorati.


Dreamhost and World War III

The Dreamhost outage yesterday is now resolved. Four separate issues all came to light at roughly the same time, taking a good portion of Dreamhosts services offline. I personally assumed the Dreamhost outage was due to the poor connectivity between Level3 and Internap lastnight. See this image:
Level3 to Internap

It doesn’t sound like the Dreamhost issues had anything to do with their connectivity providers, but I’m glad they’re back up and running. I wonder who Dreamhost gets their connections from, probably a few different providers.

Is the Dreamhost outage the cause for high search rankings of “World War III” on Technorati? No, but it is pretty amusing that Dreamhost is one of the top technorati searches. It somehow doesn’t fit in with the rest of the top searches: “World War III”, “Lebanon”, “Israel”, and of course, “Bush”. Where’s “Hezbollah”?? heh.


Paris is Pregnant

I can’t confirm the statement which makes up the title of this post, caught your attention though, right? All day long, one of the top searches on Technorati has been “paris hilton pregnant”. Who the fuck cares? I can’t honestly believe that many people are searching to find out if Paris is pregnant. She’s a cumslut attention whore who shouldn’t even be allowed to breed.

This just reminded me of the South Park that was on Comedy Central lastnight. Paris and Mr. Slave have a “whore-off” to see who the biggest whore is. Paris whips out a pineapple and proceeds to sit on the pineapple until nothing but the top is sticking out from under her skirt. Then Mr. Slave owns her by taking off his pants, holds his cock in his hand, and jumps on Paris’s head, making her disappear within his ass.

The point is, Americans and pop-culture types in general shouldn’t give Paris any more attention than she deserves. Yes, she’s probably preggo. She’s probably no stranger to being preggo, abortion seems like it’d be her kind of thing.

South Park was trying to get the message across that parents shouldn’t allow their kids to act like Paris. Parents shouldn’t even allow their young children to know of her existance. Pretty soon we’ll have third graders running around in tube tops and thongs…as was the case in South Park.

It still baffles me that this is one of the top searches on Technorati, and has been all day. I shouldn’t be surprised though, people are retards.

Seriously though, I can’t even find one reliable source reporting that Paris is preggo. What the fuck makes people search for shit like this? That’s what I wanna know. Must be on the National Enquirer or some shit like that, like “Bush’s Booze Cricis” was.

UPDATE: A few blogs are taking note of this, mostly just taking note that “paris hilton pregnant” is a technorati top search. Technorandom says it’s undoubtedly a lie…in a very sarcastic way. And JensOfNorway would like to let everyone know you can place wagers on topics like this, and supposedly make a decent amount of money. Uncle Fire takes basically the same approach that I took: People are fucking stupid for even paying attention to shit like this. I include myself in the “fucking stupid” group, otherwise I wouldn’t even be writing about this.

Oh, I think this post would make a good dessert with Basil’s lunch…gotta be about supper time though. Might as well participate in the Mudville Gazette open post too, along with Jo’s Cafe (TGIF Specials) and Cafe Oregano.