UPDATE: See my follow-up post about how the "Technorati Authority Widget" does not work like I thought it would.
I enjoy the fact that the folks at Technorati continue to roll out new tools of interest to bloggers. This month brought new sidebar widgets for tag clouds, the top technorati tags and also for blog authority. While I haven't yet decided whether I do want to add them to my sidebar, they are interesting to consider. I'm going to try posting the "blog authority" widget here in an entry, primarily because Technorati's tools page says that it may take a bit to generate the widget:
I will be honest, though, and wonder how many people will actually use it outside of the truly "top-ranked" bloggers. I mean, currently this blog is ranked around 42,000, which, out of 71 million blogs, is admittedly quite good. But is it good enough that I really want to clutter up my sidebar with something like that? (As well as adding yet one more thing to delay the loading of my page?) I don't know... I'd need to think about that a bit.
I also don't know about adding the tag cloud... but I'm thinking about the top tags, if for no other reason than the fact that it's interesting to see one way to view "the pulse" of what people are talking about. (And I see my own blogs whenever I post, which means that I would see the list of top tags, which might then make me curious about what people are writing about.)
P.S. And yes, regarind the "authority widget", I fully realize that Technorati rankings are a very imperfect way of understanding how "important" a blog may or may not be... but until someone else comes along with something better, it's one of the few tools we have in our arsenal, IMHO.