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One of the pitfalls of writing a book about technology is you run the risk of that technology changing soon after the book is published. That’s exactly what’s happened to the book Trust Agents by Chris Brogan and Julien Smith thanks to Technorati.
Page 12 of Trust Agents provides step-by-step instructions on how to build a listening station using Technorati:
3. Go to www.technorati.com. Type your name, in quotes, into the search bar.
4. When the results page comes up, right-click on the little orange RSS button
5. Go back to Google Reader, click the blue plus button, and paste what you copied into there.
Repeat thee steps for as many different terms as you might want to search for (your company, your product, your competitors)
Well, last week Technorati launched a totally new Technorati.com On the “What’s gone for now?” list are watchlists and “some (but not all) RSS feeds.”
In fact, if you search for something on Technorati, the RSS icon to monitor the search results is no longer there. Fortunately, there is a work-around.
Technorati appears to still support the RSS feeds. So, if you’ve already got Technorati search feeds in your RSS feed reader, they still work (for now anyway).
Technorati watchlists served the same purpose as the search feeds, but they no longer work. For example I used to monitor ourchurch.com by subscribing to a feed with the URL http://technorati.com/watchlists/rss.html?wid=250708 That link is dead now.
In order to continue monitoring “ourchurch.com” through Technorati I looked at the still-working URL of the search feed I use to monitor my name:
And I simply modified it:
So, you can still monitor the blogosphere in your RSS reader using Technorati. You just have to create the URLs manually.