Good entry in Web Dawn about Technorati as a reputation system. Via Marc Canter. So we need to get Sifry to catch permalinks of what people are linking to better and we need a little more metadata in the XML feeds. The addition metadata which would allow me to implement something like a reputation system would be:

1) The name of the person who posted the entry
2) The URL (permalink) of the entry on my blog the link points to
3) Filtering out of all blogroll "false positives" and entry imbedded links only or a separate feed for blogs rolls. (Can you work with Jason D on this?)
4) Implement pagerank. Take the inbound links/blogs assign the blogs with high inbound links/blogs with high page rank and then do another calculation assigning outbound links from those blogs higher value and give each page a technorati ranking. And do this every 5 minutes.
5) Make a contextual pagerank where the user can set their own rankings for blogs and ask technorati to calculate the final pagerank.

It would be cool if 4 & 5 could be done on your own site in some way, but not sure how that would work. Anyway, a bit off the top of my head, but I'm trying to figure out my NEXT super duper python project.

Lucky for me Aaron just wrote xmltramp and made my life a whole lot easier.

Aaron Swartz
In trying to write some code to use the new Technorati API, I noticed that all the tools for accessing XML documents sucked. So I wrote my own: xmltramp. It makes handling XML documents in Python a piece of cake:
Via Cory

By the way, Dave Sifry and Aaron Swartz rock.

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It seems that quite a few people think a Technorati reputation system is in order. It'll work fine for the blogosphere - but not in general.

It would be nice to have a system that leveraged blog posting, linking and implied Cosmos value - while also putting value into other systems, like Ryze or Fotolog.

FYI, Mark Pilgrim just released PyTechnorati, "A Python wrapper for the Technorati web API."

Wow! Thanks Liz! Mark is amazing. He's my Python guru.

Marc. Yup I agree. Technorati will be mainly a good blog reputation system, but if you're trying to assign reputation to inbound links, that's not bad.

Yes. General reputation system would be nice, but not sure exactly if you can match apples and oranges in the meaning of reputation across different types of networks. Interesting question.

Actually I have found Technorati to be woefully inaccurate. For example, I have at least a dozen inbound links from the blogosphere alone, yet when a search is done, I show up in only 4. Also, there does not seem to be a way to actually submite a blog url; does it cull it from someplace else?

I certainly didn't submit my url to Technorati.

Technorati get the URL from http://www.weblogs.com/

Sorry I can't find an URL were it is written

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