Thursday, August 10, 2006

It's deja-vu all over again

Man At Work
Man At Work,
originally uploaded by Kiki J
I complained in Getting ratty with Technorati :-) that a few of my posts hadn't been indexed by Technorati. However, I should also have given credit where it was due since their helpdesk got back to me and suggested changing the date on the the missing posts. The idea is that Technorati thinks they are new posts and will index them properly when given a second go. Since a couple of people said they had similar problems I should have thanked Technorati for the advice and confirmed that it worked. I changed the time on one (I moved it forward an hour) and changed the day on the other (moved it forward a day) and both were picked up and indexed.

The only downside is that this trick also fools aggregators into thinking the posts are new. This means that people may end up reading the same thing more than once. The only downside is that this trick also fools aggregators into thinking the post are new. This means that people may end up reading the same thing more than once.

Anyway, despite this problem I am going to change the time of a few other posts too. I had already written three posts on educational uses of photosharing before I thought of the tag EduFlickr. I added this tag to the earlier posts but Technorati didn't pick up on the addition. I'm hoping that changing the time of these three posts will make Technorati notice the new tag. The only downside is that this trick also fools aggregators into thinking the post are new. This means that people may end up reading the same thing more than once.

If it works, a single search for the tag EduFlickr on my blog should bring up the whole series.

{Success... eventually! It took me a while to work it out, but as well as changing the posts date, you have to make sure it is a recent enough date for the post to appear on the front page of the blog. The series (so far) can now be found with the search shown above. :-) }


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3 comments:

Duncan__ said...

Of course, the only downside is that this trick also fools aggregators into thinking the posts are new. This means that people may end up reading the same thing more than once.

Chris said...

The repetition got me there - musta read too many blogs today!

David said...

Sorry for the repetition. I did say that the only downside is that this trick also fools aggregators into thinking the posts are new. This means that people may end up reading the same thing more than once.

:-)