I’ve subscribed to Technorati’s tag-based RSS 2.0 feeds for more than a year. Tag-based feeds provided me links to new posts tagged LINQ, Entity Framework, LINQ to XML, Azure, Cloud Computing and the like. These links often are in addition to those from blogs with feeds to which I subscribe.
On about 1:30 AM on 12/17/2008, IE 8 Beta 2’s feed reader suddenly started returning error messages for popular tag feeds, such as those for LINQ:
Firefox 3.0.4 returned the infamous “Doh! The Technorati Monster escaped again” page.
RSS Bandit displayed this IE error message:
The following tags were not closed: rss, channel. Error processing resource 'http://feeds.technorati.com/tag/LINQ'.
Here’s Fiddler2’s capture of a current request for recent LINQ posts:
GET /tag/LINQ HTTP/1.1
User-Agent: Windows-RSS-Platform/2.0 (MSIE 8.0; Windows NT 6.0)
Accept-Encoding: gzip, deflate
Cookie: tvisitor=184.108.40.206.1229281145878383; TECHNORATI_MEMBER=497505af64ce1835caa9fa1ece590cb7; __qca=492dc786-a1a11-5e3a1-d9b67; __utma=39112614.974384128884774300.1229550691.1230230604.1230305278.9; __utmz=39112614.1230230604.8.5.utmcsr=oakleafblog.blogspot.com|utmccn=(referral)|utmcmd=referral|utmcct=/; s_vi=[CS]v1|494FD9BB00003618-A0208390000043A[CE]; VWCUK200=L122208/Q22273_3696_1056_122208_1_033109_94744x91717x122208x1x1
and following is the malformed response with XML formatting added:
HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Date: Tue, 30 Dec 2008 20:29:33 GMT
Expires: Tue, 30 Dec 2008 20:59:33 GMT
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<rss version="2.0" xmlns:tapi="http://api.technorati.com/dtd/tapi-002.xml">
<pubDate>Tue, 30 Dec 2008 12:29:34 -0800</pubDate>
<webMaster>email@example.com (Technorati Support)</webMaster>
It’s not surprising that all three feed readers returned error messages, but the different response to Firefox requests is strange. Some requests from IE 8 B2 and RSS Bandit, such as for SQL Data Services tags (GET /tag/SQL+Data+Services HTTP/1.1) return the “Technorati Monster” page.
Technorati Won’t Acknowledge the Problem or Respond to Requests to Fix It
I’ve sent numerous messages to firstname.lastname@example.org which Technorati ignores. They don’t acknowledge the messages nor do they respond to them, whether sent by email or Twitter.
Technorati Stopped Indexing the OakLeaf Blog 12 Days Ago and No Longer Resumes Indexing When Requested
Starting in early September 2008, Technorati periodically stops indexing the OakLeaf Systems blog. Manual pings don’t solve the problem. In the past, they have resumed indexing this blog for brief periods after I send an email to support, but then stop indexing after a few days.
Scott Watermarsysk replied to my Twitter complaint about Technorati’s earlier failure to index the OakLeaf Systems Blog:
Now they haven’t indexed the blog in 12 days despite several requests, which they won’t acknowledge:
Here’s a reverse chronological list of my posts about earlier problems with Technorati:
- Technorati Stops Spidering the OakLeaf Blog Again! (10/24/2008)
- Technorati Troubles Continue (9/19/2008)
- Technorati Ranks Mike Ormond’s Blog #8 with Authority of 11,764 (9/14/2008)
- Technorati’s Problem with IE7’s Feed Reader (9/12/2008)
- Technorati Contracts Twitteritis (9/12/2008)
- More Technorati Troubles (9/11/2008)
- Technorati Fails to Index OakLeaf Systems Blog Posts (9/2/2008)
It appears to me as if Scott is right: No one has told Technorati that they’re dead.
What’s worse is that it appears to me that I’m the only one who cares. Searches for Technorati in Google’s Blogger Help Group doesn’t return any indication of tag RSS problems detected.
Update 12/31/2008: Technorati Responds
Technorati indexed this blog on 12/30/2008. Tag feeds aren’t up. I’ll update this post when and if they appear.