Technorati does a design refresh - but seems to lose the easy "tag" search in the process (and I'll miss that!)
Congrats to the Technorati team on their new site design! Overall it's a nice "refresh" of their design. Of particular note, I like their new simple search interface, s.technorati.com, which is very simple and clean and shown in the image on right. (And as an old-time UNIX/Linux guy who likes short commands, can I just say that I appreciate the shortened subdomain of "s".)
Dave Sifry's post has much more info but there's one item I'll pull out that is a mixed change for me:
First, we've eliminated search silos on Technorati. In the past, you had to know the difference between keyword search, tag search and blog directory search in order to make use of the full power of our site. No more. Starting today, we now provide you a simplified experience. Simply indicate what's of interest to you and we'll assemble the freshest, hottest, most current social media from across the Live Web - Blogs, posts, photos, videos, podcasts, events, and more.
But what if I want the search silos?
Specifically, what if I want to search for posts tagged with a given tag? Yes, that's still available on the Advanced Search page and yes, I can create a URL like http://technorati.com/tag/voip and use that... but I guess you can count me as one who liked the aspect of the old interface where you could choose to just search on tags.
Well, searching on posts by tag represents a richer way to search for me. Searching for a string in blog posts pulls up all sorts of things (and can be very difficult to sort through if you are searching for a generic text string), but searching for a tag gets into the author's intent. The author did more than just write about something, they tagged it to indicate that it had some relevance to that category.
It also, quite frankly, provided a way to separate out the absolutely clueless newbie bloggers from those who have a clue about blogging and applying meta-information to their entries. Tags are not perfect... spammers certainly tag their entries with all sorts of irrelevant tags which pollute search results... but they are one additional way to aid us in sorting through the huge volume of information posted to the blogosphere.
So I use tag searches all the time, and it was easy to just go to technorati.com, enter in text and change the option box to a tag search. Now, that option seems to be gone and I have to either do one more click to the Advanced Search (easy to bookmark and use from my systems, but not as quick when I'm elsewhere and need some info) or construct the appropriate URLs.
Technorati team, for those of us who love tag searches, how about giving us a "tag.technorati.com" that will let us search by tag?
Other than that, the refresh looks quite nice - kudos to the team for making it happen.