Piling On Technorati: Press Release Spam
Hate to pile on Technorati as I still find it a very useful service. . . but since Jason Kottke and friends (check out the 25 trackbacks) are on the topic I cant help but also put in my 2 cents.
While most people are focused on uptime and recall . . . I’m having problem with Technorati’s search precision. Mainly that I’m getting a ton of press release spam in its results like a regular search engine or feedster. One of the main reasons using services like Factiva and Lexis Nexis can be really annoying is the fact that press releases can sometimes overwhelm insightful articles written by objective third parties. Now imagin how bad it could get when a service is openly crawling the web like Technorati.
Technorati used to have the aggregate “voice” of the bloggers but recently companies seems to gotten smart to ways to sneak into its search results via zombie blogs or blogs consisting only of company press releases. The worst offender seems to be PrintRelease. I hope Technorati figure out some way of automatically black listing “braindead blogs” from its result set. Now I’m off to checking out PubSub. . .
Stanford Technology Venture Program
Justed wanted to share a cool (read free) website run by Stanford Technology Venture Program. Has an archive of videos of speakers of various hi-tech related conferences and events (mostly stanford related). Great for
1. Find a VC you are pitching to and positioning your start-up according “his view of the world”
2. Gather competitive information. In order to look smart, lots of executive are willing to share their secret sauce in these types of presentations
3. Get a glimps of what Vinod Khosla actually looks like
Politics Is Mean
Got the below email through one of my Stanford distro lists. . . was actually quite disturbed by it. Now, I’m not affiliated politically. . . but I’m probably more right leaning than left . . . a typical California Republican (i.e. social democrat + laisez faire economic republican). Still, I find this uncalled for - a children’s book making fun of a specific ideology or groups of people. Granted I haven’t read the book (and not about to spend money on it), the concept of the book is kinda sad. I’m not sure imposing our religious, societal, and political views in such a mean spirited manner (the social democrat part of me) on our children is such a great idea.
Rather, I believe belittling something you simply don’t believe in or belong to teaches close mindedness and bigotry. Morality and ethics (family values . . . eek hate that word) is not the exclusive domain of any one group of people . . be it race, nationality, religion, or political affiliation. Trying to present it as such is amoral in of itself.
I know it’s really a novelty book and not meant to be consumed by children but cant people stick to political cartoons making fun of each other on Time or Newsweek? I certainly enjoy caricatures of GW or Hillary. But using seemingly innocuous and innocent mediums to spread hate or disparagement seems a little low. Its almost like hijacking a religious sermon to rant on about politics. . . oh wait. . . that’s actually pretty normal practice for both sides . . . forget it, I’m just way too thin skinned for politics.