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Technorati offers great    ways to keep on top of what people are writing about in Blogland with their    Newstalk,    Booktalk and Current    Events services. David Sifry presented Technorati at the Future    Salon two months ago. I guess that's why I got a personal invitation to    the first Technorati    Developers Salon. (I wonder where he got that slick name from 🙂 ? Actually    I found out only later, that there is a Berkeley    Cybersalon happening for many years already. Would I have known that from    the beginning, I probably would have called my futurists gathering something    else.)

Here are some of my thoughts to the Technorati offerings from an SAP Developer    Network perspective:

My first interest was of course, what are people writing about SAP? Technorati    comes back with an error message: "term to short", when I just search for "SAP".    Only when you input the whole URL    one gets 4 pages of results. I discovered some, that are writing about NetWeaver, excellent,    although I think that there should be more than 4 pages, after all SAP is the third largest independent software company.

My second search was about SDN:    According to Technorati there are only 10 links that point to SDN. In part that    is our own doing, we could be more open. We are working on changing that, but as we experience right now once you have gone in the direction of requesting sign-in it is not that easy to turn the tide.

It is probably also the reason, why our few external links, don't show on the    Technorati radar. Example Stefan Klensch links in his What is Web Dynpro? An Attempt at an Answer. blog to Struts(CX),    but that does not register in the Technorati search results for

I think the Technorati    API could come really handy as addition to the mySAP CRM solution: The sales    person checks before going out to a customer not only it's open orders or invoices,    but also what bloggers have written lately about that company. That information    could be easily integrated using the API.

Tomorrow evening I am going to be at Technorati Developers Salon and we may    discuss some of the things mentioned above.   Please let me know what else would make Technorati more useful to you and I will be    your ambassador.