WeblogToolsCollection.com has vanished from the Technorati index. I have sent support emails and have received nothing more than the canned responses. This blog shows up fine in my watchlist and it is also displayed correctly under “My Blogs” on the homepage but that is where I lose it. The blog page says that it is not indexed and I have quit trying to fix it.
This is one company I have a hard time figuring out. They seem to yo yo between very useful, fully in control of their fortunes and their company to down in the doldrum dumps with very little direction within the blink of an eye. I imagine the people that work there must also go through similar vacillations in their work lives and it must be very difficult to endure. I have had contact with many of the folks at Technorati over the years and all of them have come across as highly intelligent, enterprising individuals. The recent kerfluffle with Sifry and the lost puppy sympathy that got passed around in the tech blogging community really gave the company a black eye in my book and could and should have been avoided at all costs. It was passed off as Web 2.0 growing pains but Technorati is a good company with solid technology and oodles of data. They should have little trouble in coming in second at the least and they are MIA from my list. The externalities of Silicon Valley, I am sure, do not help their case either.
People often criticize strong, controlling leadership but I believe that those are the qualities along with human chemistry, some luck and a little Karma that often produce the best results in startups irrespective of talent or technology. Though I am not writing Technorati off completely, I wish they would either go away forever or come back and stay a while.
[EDIT] Thursday, August 30th: Looks like things are back to normal but for how long? Also the index is not correct yet, things still look odd in places.