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Type of site
Search Engine & publisher advertising platform
Available inEnglish
LaunchedNovember 2002[1]
Current statusdefunct

Technorati was a search engine and a publisher advertising platform that served as an advertising solution for the thousands of websites in its network.[2] Technorati launched its ad network in 2008, and at one time was one of the largest ad networks reaching more than 100 million unique visitors per month.[3] The name Technorati was a portmanteau of the words technology and literati, which evokes the notion of technological intelligence or intellectualism.

In 2016, Synacor acquired Technorati for $3 million.[4][5]

The company's core product was previously an Internet search engine for searching blogs. The website stopped indexing blogs and assigning authority scores in May 2014 with the launch of its new website, which is focused on online publishing and advertising.[6] Technorati was founded by Dave Sifry, with its headquarters in San Francisco, California, USA. Kevin Marks was the site's Principal Engineer.[7] Tantek Çelik was the site's Chief Technologist.

The site won the SXSW 2006 awards for Best Technical Achievement and Best of Show.[8] It was nominated for a 2006 Webby Award for Best Practices, but lost to Flickr and Google Maps.[9]


In February 2006, Debi Jones pointed out that Technorati's "State of the Blogosphere" postings, which then claimed to track 27.7 million blogs, did not take into account MySpace blogs, of which she said that there were 56 million. As a result, she said that the utility of Technorati as a gauge of blog popularity was questionable.[10] However, by March 2006, Aaron Brazell pointed out that Technorati had started tracking MySpace blogs.[11]

In May 2006, Technorati teamed up with the PR agency Edelman. The deal earned a lot of criticism, both on principle and as a result of Edelman's 2006 fake blog scandals. Edelman and Technorati officially ended the deal in December 2006. That month, Oliver Reichenstein pointed out that the so-called "State of the Blogosphere" was more of a PR-tool and money maker for Edelman and Technorati than a reliable source, explaining in particular: a) why Technorati/Edelman's claim that "31% of the blogs are written in Japanese" was "bogus", and b) where the financial profit for the involved parties was in this.[12]

In May 2007, Andrew Orlowski, writing for the tech tabloid The Register, criticized Technorati's May 2007 redesign. He suggested that Technorati had decided to focus more on returning image thumbnails rather than blog results. He also claimed that Technorati never quite worked correctly in the past and that the alleged refocus was "a tacit admission that it's given up on its original mission".[13]

In August 2008, Technorati acquired the online magazine, Blogcritics, for an undisclosed sum of money. As a result, Blogcritic's founders – publisher Eric Olsen and technical director Phillip Winn – became full-time Technorati employees.[14] One of the first collaborative ventures of the two entities was for Blogcritics writers to begin writing descriptions of Technorati tags.[15]

In October 2008, Technorati acquired the online ad agency Adengage.[16] Technorati CEO Richard Jalichandra wanted to use the AdEngage platform to expand Technorati Media's offering, starting with an expansion of their advertising business from higher traffic sites. The AdEngage network added a reported 12 billion monthly impression growth to the Technorati Media Network.

In April 2009, Blogcritics underwent a complete site redesign[17] and switched content management systems.

In 2009, Technorati decided to stop indexing blogs and sites in languages other than English in order to focus only on the English-language blogosphere. As a result, thousands of sites in various languages were no longer rated by the Technorati service.[18] In 2014, Technorati stopped indexing blogs altogether, refocusing its efforts on its advertising business.[6]

In 2016, Synacor acquired Technorati for $3 million.[19]

See also


  1. ^ David Sifry (November 27, 2002). "Technorati". Sifry's Alerts. Archived from the original on November 13, 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-24.
  2. ^ Welcome to the new Technorati
  3. ^ "History of Technorati | Technorati". 2016-03-10. Archived from the original on 2016-03-10. Retrieved 2017-11-29.((cite web)): CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  4. ^ "Synacor Buys Technorati For Just $3M To Build Out Its Mobile And Ad Tech Business". 2016. Retrieved 2016-06-18.
  5. ^ "Form 8-K : Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): February 23, 2016 (February 19, 2016) : Synacor, Inc". 2016. Retrieved 2016-06-18.
  6. ^ a b Welcome to the new Technorati
  7. ^ "Code Conversations Episode 2 - Kevin Marks with Brad Neuberg". 2009-03-11. Retrieved 2016-06-18.
  8. ^ "Web Awards Winners". south by southwest festivals + conferences. 2006. Archived from the original on 2007-12-11. Retrieved 2007-03-11.
  9. ^ "2006 webby nominees: 10th Annual Webby Awards Nominees & Winners". Webby Awards. 2006. Retrieved 2007-03-11.
  10. ^ Debi Jones (February 16, 2006). "The Site that Ate the Blogosphere". Archived from the original on 2018-09-03. Retrieved 2007-03-02.
  11. ^ Aaron Brazell (March 31, 2006). "Technorati Indexing MySpace Blogs". Technosailor. Archived from the original on 2008-07-06. Retrieved 2007-03-23.
  12. ^ Oliver Reichenstein (December 13, 2006). "Technorati: Big business with bogus data". Information Architects Japan. Retrieved 2007-07-22.
  13. ^ Andrew Orlowski (May 25, 2007). "Technorati knocks itself out. Again". Retrieved 2007-08-05.
  14. ^ "Technorati Acquires BlogCritics, Gets Into Content Game". TechCrunch. August 26, 2008. Retrieved 2009-07-06.
  15. ^
  16. ^ Inquisitr News Report Retrieved 2008-10-15
  17. ^ Tartakoff, Joseph (April 28, 2009). " – Technorati's Blogcritics Gets A Makeover". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 26, 2010.
  18. ^ Dario de Judicibus (January 21, 2010). "Technorati: the War of Languages". L'Indipendente. Archived from the original on 2011-09-28. Retrieved 2017-11-01.
  19. ^ "Synacor Acquires Technorati For $3 Million To Expand Its Ad Business | AdExchanger". AdExchanger. 2016-02-23. Retrieved 2017-11-29.
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