Thursday, April 13, 2006

Technorati tags

I have seen the phrase 'technorati tags' on people's blogs followed by some key words relating to the post and I wondered what it was. So I decided to investigate a little more. This is an overview from the Technorati site.

Technorati is a real-time search engine that keeps track of what is going on in the blogosphere — the world of weblogs.

A few years ago, Web search was revolutionized by a simple but profound idea — that the relevance of a site can be determined by the number of other sites that link to it, and thus consider it 'important.' In the world of blogs, hyperlinks are even more significant, since bloggers frequently link to and comment on other blogs, which creates the sense of timeliness and connectedness one would have in a conversation. So Technorati tracks the number of links, and the perceived relevance of blogs, as well as the real-time nature of blogging. Because Technorati automatically receives notification from weblogs as soon as they are updated, it can track the thousands of updates per hour that occur in the blogosphere, and monitor the communities (who's linking to whom) underlying these conversations.

The Pew Internet study estimates that about 11%, or about 50 million, of Internet users are regular blog readers. According to Technorati data, there are about 70,000 new blogs a day. Bloggers — people who write weblogs — update their weblogs regularly; there are about 700,000 posts daily, or about 29,100 blog updates an hour.

Technorati displays what's important in the blogosphere — which bloggers are commanding attention, what ideas are rising in prominence, and the speed at which these conversations are taking place. Technorati makes it possible for you to find out what people on the Internet are saying about you, your company, your products, your competitors, your politics, or other areas of interest — all in real-time. All this activity is monitored and indexed within minutes of posting. Technorati provides a live view of the global conversation of the web.

Communication is a wonderful is art. Here is a sketch I've been working on over the last couple of days. I'm calling it complete, simply because I don't have the time or patience to create anymore fur/hair. Use of technorati tags can expose more people to my work and to me. Part of art is to share. It is not something that is hidden. Its like that 'if a tree fell in the forest and no one was there, would it make a noise?' question.

If art is created and no one sees it, does it exist?

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