I finished my script today. If you look at my sidebar, you will find a list of blogs that Technorati says have linked to me in order of freshness. I wrote it in python using the xml.dom module. Once I got my head around it, it all made sense and was very easy. Thanks again to Dive Into Python. Other than the fact that you should all be very impressed by my programming skill, I think Technorati inbound links is probably the most timely and comprehensive way to see who is linking to you.

My biggest problem with trackbacks right now is that since my site is heavy, trackbacks time out and people end up sending lots of them thinking they didn't go through. Also, since people can put just about anything in the trackbacks, I end up with long worded URL's in my trackback pings which screw up with width of my sidebar.

So, trackbacks will now be listed at with each entry and Technorati will be take the position in my sidebar.

Now I have to bug David Sifry about trying to identify the permalinks better and filtering out the false positives...

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Oo.. I just discovered time. I parsed the technorati link creation date, converted to UTC, and converted the difference with localtime to hours and minutes. This is so totally fascinating to me, yet probably so totally uninteresting to anyone else that I must apologize... I just love it when I get to do things like x mod y and then have it make a visual impact on the user experience of my blog. ;-)

Just wondering, can you make this script available to all? Or is it already and I have no idea where? I think this is really cool and I would love to add it to my site. Thanks!

David's messing around with creating an interface to do it with Technorati right now. Something should be available soon. David?

I wonder if this might cause technorati loops. I link to someone with a script, technorati picks up that link. That person is also running a technorati script which then displays the link to me... and so on... I'm sure David will filter stuff like out, but it would be funny.

Joi,

Thank you for blogging so openly and personally for the people. I believe you represent a new generation of leaders for a better world.

Please make a comment regarding your thoughts on Gene Chapman. Tell us a little bit about the income tax situation in Japan. Are you required by law to sign papers under penalty of perjury confessing your income and stating that you are an indentured servant to the government there?

http://genechapman.blogspot.com/

Thank you very much.

Doug Kenline
Atlanta, Georgia USA

Japanese law does not seem to require stating that one is an indentured servant to the government.

I would be surprised as well if American tax law required such a statement.

On the other hand, income tax laws worldwide do need to find about the amount of income a person has. Without that data, there is no way to decide on the amount of income tax. Obviously, that can't work without a certain level of cooperation by the citizens.

Gene Hackman seems to be engaged in legitimate non-violent protest. What I don't understand is why nobody tries to answer his question. Hackman is not opposed to taxation of income. All he wants is an explanation of the law. Someone should explain some basic income tax law to him.

Well, Gene *Chapman* might need some explanation, but I'm sure Gene Hackman has all the accountants he needs for that sort of thing.

And the only thing I'm aware of him protesting, albeit not so non-violently, is heroin smugglers from Marseilles.

Joi, I guess you are using a Technorati Watchlist?

I wrote a little bit ago about this, and I called this feature "Instant comment".

http://blog.scriptdigital.com/index.php?entry=/Internet/Blogging/linvitation.html

You can see on my blog that I parse lightly my watchlist and display it on my blog. Now, I don't have much links today, but maybe a link to this comment will appears on my blog.

Now, a couple of things.

- What I found interesting is sometime, some people comment on their blog about what I wrote on my mine and their comment get displayed on my blog, but sometimes days later, so the watchtlist introduce somehow a differential temporal value that bring back on my blog older stories.

- I don't how this could be manageable if there is tons of people linking to your blog.

- I'm not sure if you have any filtering in place, but without filters, this implies that anybody writing something nasty about your blog could get on your list.

- I think that watchlist have more advantages over trackback since one don't have to subscribe anywhere but ping weblogs.com to be in some sort "linked" to your blog to comment on it.

Cheers

-Emmanuel

I think that Technorati, by default shows the most recent links so even if tons of people link to your blog, it works. You can also view by how influential the blogs are. Because Technorati still catches blogrolls, it would be mostly the same blogs so I think the most recent is the best view.

Yes, someone writing something nasty about my blog would be linked, but that's OK with me.

Hackman is not opposed to taxation of income Obviously, that can't work without a certain level

Hey guy! Just respect to you for what you are doing! And for you know exactly the idea what u r talking about!

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Hello! It's very informative and splendid page! A lot of intresting stuff could be found here. Anyhow I wish you luck and all the best in your life and work!

You're right. Very fascinating information!

Joi,

I didn't find the real Technorati-Parsing script you are using from all the posts and comments - would you mind sending it or a link to me via e-mail? I am using MT aswell...

Thank you & br
Christoph

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