[uf-discuss] microformats search and pinging
scott at randomchaos.com
Thu Jun 1 08:22:01 PDT 2006
On Jun 1, 2006, at 1:00 AM, Kevin Marks wrote:
> On May 31, 2006, at 10:14 PM, Scott Reynen wrote:
>> On May 31, 2006, at 9:29 PM, Tantek Çelik wrote:
>>> There are some indexers of specific microformats right now (e.g.
>>> Reevoo and
>>> Kritx both index hReviews), but no general microformats search
>> Hmm... I'm pretty sure I was indexing contacts, events, and
>> reviews several months ago here:
> Great stuff Scott, do you want to get pings relayed?
> Do you have a REST interface for us to send you URLs that ping
Six months ago, when I made my little tool, I wrote :
"I'm not looking to start a new public search engine — just
demonstrate that someone with more time and experience than I and
maybe an existing web crawler (*cough cough*) could do something like
Those coughs were links to Tantek and Kevin at Technorati. Now that
someone (Technorati) with more time and experience (and money) than I
has done something like what I did, I'm not sure I'll be continuing.
I got what I was asking for.
What I didn't expect was this feeling that microformats are
increasingly just another product owned and sold by Technorati. I'm
disappointed that Technorati has apparently developed selective
amnesia here regarding others' work. Tantek says "Technorati
believes in the voice of the individual,"  but here I am, an
individual, and everyone from Technorati is pretending like I don't
exist except where I could contribute more data toward Technorati's
profit. I have no doubt that if I had done the same work at a
corporation, I wouldn't be seeing phrases like "no general
microformats search engine" and "first of a kind" coming out of
Technorati. And I'm certainly not the only individual who has worked
on this. Dozens of individuals helped lay the groundwork for
Technorati's newest product, but not a single one is acknowledged in
Technorati's discussion of the Microformats Search - only
corporations. This will certainly make me think twice before
experimenting further with microformats in my free time.
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