A few weeks ago, Brian [Pinkerton, Director of Search] wrote a post explaining how our link counts work. One of the examples Brian used was Strumpette, a well-known PR blog. It had garnered lots of links in the past, but according to our measurements, hadn't kept up as well recently.
The good people at Strumpette contacted us, understandably concerned that our post had portrayed them in a negative light. They also told us that we hadn't been processing updates from their blog for months, even though they'd complained about it. We looked into this more closely, and it turned out they were quite right.
...because bloggers in the PR industry frequently use Technorati to track conversation, it's likely that the omissions reduced awareness of Strumpette's posts, and therefore that fewer people would link to them as a result. This is a valid argument, and as I told the Strumpette folks personally, we are really sorry for any harm we may have caused. Fortunately, Kevin [Marks, Principal Engineer] has fixed the issue that was causing the problem.
STRUMPETTE RESPONDS, CALLS FOR AN INDEPENDENT AUDIT
Of course, we appreciate Technorati’s apology and their cooperation. That said, we want to underscore the seriousness of this situation. It has been a very difficult 4 months. Bottom line: This situation has caused us irreparable harm.
On Thursday, March 8, 2007 at 7:41 AM, Ronn Torossian, President and CEO of 5WPR, emphatically promised that he was going to sue us. No real reason, he was just irritated by our teasing him about getting in bed with pornographer Joe Francis. Anyway, Ronn gave his obscenity-laced word that we'd see the complaint in 72 hours. It's now late by
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