Weblogs, Inc. network abandons Technorati…one week after Jason Clarke, Inc. network!

I’ve been woefully remiss in following up on my posts last week regarding my switch from Technorati to IceRocket (if you missed it, CEO’s of both companies commented here last week).

Now comes a post from that other Jason (hehe), Weblogs, Inc. network prez Jason Calacanis. He’s not only fed up with Technorati, he’s asked his partner, Brian Alvey, to remove all embedded links to Technorati across all 80+ of the Weblogs, Inc. network sites:

Brian: Can you take Technorati out of the Linking Blogs link across the Weblogs, Inc. network and replace them with IceRocket?

So, last week I announce that I’m flipping my Technorati links over to IceRocket links…then today, Jason Calacanis, one of the world’s most influential blog publishers, announces the same!

Jason goes a bit further and offers some good advice to Technorati:

I think the company has a focus issue.
They always seem to be busy doing odd side projects like mobile, Live8, the redesign and CNN. If I was running that company I would focus on one thing and one thing only: the quality of the search results. Thatís it. Thatís the only reason Technorati exists and thatís the thing they are doing worst.

I said something quite similar, but not as eloquent, in my first post on the topic:

If youíre going to shift your strategy towards mainstream, make sure youíre hardware/infastructure is 110% FIRST…Please, Technorati, donít try to be Yahoo: donít be the public service of the living web.

Just deliver results.

To be honest, I’m a bit surprised the changeover at the Weblogs, Inc. network didn’t happen sooner. After all, Technorati’s performance has been quite awful for some time now, and as Jason says in his post, he’s been complaning about them since February or so. Besides, if I’m not mistaken (don’t you find that people who write that often are?), Weblogs, Inc. blogger and investor Mark Cuban is also an investor in IceRocket.

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