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Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Technorati Mini
Technorati Mini... a useful tool or a "look at our new shiny servers" luxury add-on?

My first thought is that really, unless you're the Instapundit, who needs a search that updates every 60 seconds? I could see a 5 minute refresh for your favorite tags, or even of your favorite sites, but a 60 second keyword refresh strikes me as using a bazooka to kill a mosquito. The blogosphere updates frequently, of course, but the parts of it that each individual might want to track don't change by the second, do they?

That said, (and perhaps in a more critical tone than I intended....) how nice to see a service come out overpowered rather than underweight. For reaction, thoughts and development ideas, see:
  • A Consuming Experience - speculating on the extra-beefy servers required to make this work
  • Micropersuasion - where Steve provides instructions on loading the minisearch window in your browser sidebar.
  • Library Clips - where John T points out the possible future application of mini for tag searches, and suggests the application of mini as a feedreader by auto searching an OPML file for updates every minute.... Wow. If it could do that, & you docked it in a browser sidebar, you'd have an auto-refreshing desktop feedreader. What about it, Dave?
and let's see where the mini leads us.... Perhaps tracking the conversation in a dedicated window will become a significant tool for interactivity & discussion.

Posted at 1:01 PM by John.
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Blogger Fritz said...
Ah, I'll need to look at Rubel's instructions for the sidebar thing. That might be handy.

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Blogger Fritz said...
Oops, I misunderstood the title. He's added the minisearch box to his browser sidebar, which is very cool. i wanted to add the minisearch output to my blog sidebar. I used iframe to achieve this since the minisearch output is the right size for sidebars.

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