Dropping out of the top hundred (almost)

I've never subscribed to very many of the true "A list" blogs, the Technorati Top 100. That's partly to avoid becoming part of the great echo chamber, partly because most of those I've sampled struck me as self-important blowhards.

("It takes one to know one" may be an appropriate response.)

But I did monitor two--or, as it turns out, three--of the hot sites. Until yesterday, when I removed the only two that I was aware were on the list. One of them, while amusing, just had more postings than I wanted to deal with, had a tendency to pop barely-safe-for-work images up on my screen when I was doing coffee-break browsing, and rarely included anything I actually wanted to read about. The other--which, it turns out, isn't in the Top 100 (at least as of today), although the former blog of this former journalist was part of that "elite"--is a case where what used to be an interesting set of entries seems to have turned blowhard.

I still have one of the Top 100 in my Bloglines list, although I don't think it was in that group when I added it. But it's a sparse blog and still relevant.

Dropping the two bigshots is a small act of liberation. It cuts down the noise and leaves a little room for less-known and more-interesting people, either from the library field or elsewhere.


I was thinking a bit on links being equal to authority (link=authority) in the way Technorati says it especially:"The most authoritative blogs, ranked by the number of sources that link to each blog"To me authoritative means correct. When I link to something it means nothing about it's authoritativeness. If was to write "Steven M. Cohen is a total hack and is completely wrong about This" I'm not granting him any authoritative powers, I'm trying to take them away. (I don't really believe Steven M. Cohen is a hack either).About all we can say about a link to a site is chances are good the linker read something on the linkees site, and had something to say about it. A link is no measure of authoritativeness, not in the same way as a citation in an article would be. I think I already wrote a bit on this, but I'm not sure I realized just how misguided this line of thinking really is until I gave it some thought. When I link to something it means nothing about it's authoritativeness. They should really change that tag line.Or am I over thinking on this one?

I don't think you're overthinking. And I agree that number of links doesn't say as much about authority as it might--one weakness in Google's page rank, as it happens.

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